Teijin’s Sereebo CFRTP finds application in camera, commercial goods

Teijin’s Sereebo carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) has been selected for use in the structural parts of Nikon’s digital SLR camera D5300, which was released in mid-Occtober this year. This is the first time Sereebo has been adopted for a commercial product.

According to Teijin, the Sereebo CFRTP offers outstanding strength and high conductivity, which makes it suitable for the camera’s structural parts to be able to achieve high strength and electromagnetic shielding. Also, the surface is extra smooth and has no carbon fibre bosses due to Teijin’s superior resin-processing technologies.

Camera bodies and internal structural parts requiring strength commonly are made of metal. Plastics reinforced with chopped carbon fibres are used as a substitute to lower weight, but the short length of the chopped carbon fibres has made it difficult to take advantage of the strength and other unique features of carbon fibres. By utilising Teijin’s intermediate materials and processing technologies for the high-volume production of CFRTP components, however, Nikon has devised an innovative solution in collaboration with Teijin.

Teijin is accelerating its development of applications for Sereebo-branded CFRTP composites for mass-production products such as precision equipment, consumer electronics as well as automobiles requiring both strength and reduced weight. The company aims to become a global leader in the development of advanced solutions incorporating carbon fibres composites, targeting annual sales of 150 to 200 billion yen (US$ 1.5 to 2.0 billion) by around 2020.

(IMA)

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