Mitsubishi Rayon, SK expand carbon fibre prepreg business in Asia

Mitsubishi Rayon, SK to expand carbon fibre prepreg business in Asia

7:25 AM, 19th December 2012
Mitsubishi Rayon, SK to expand carbon fibre prepreg business in Asia

TOKYO, JAPAN: Mitsubishi Rayon Co Ltd announced formation of a strategic business alliance with SK Chemicals Co Ltd in order to develop and expand carbon fibre prepreg business in Asian countries. The purpose of the alliance is to create synergy in manufacturing and development of carbon fibre and composite materials owned by both companies. MRC and SK conclude a long term supply agreement of carbon fibre and MRC stably supply the carbon fibre to SK.

MRC consign SK to manufacture prepregs with MRC’s carbon fibre and MRC promote the consigned prepregs to own customers and golfshafts production. The prepregs are made at SK’s plants in Ulsan, Korea and Qingdao, China. MRC and SK expand cooperative development and manufacturing of carbon fibre prepregs for industrial applications.

As the first step of the collaboration, commercial production of the heavy-weight prepreg for wind energy blades will be newly commenced at SK’s Ulsan plant. Through above agreed strategic partnership, MRC and SK progress the cooperation in the consigned prepreg manufacturing and new prepreg development based on the continuous carbon fiber supply, and enhance foundation which contributes to expansion of each company’s carbon fibre and composite business in the growing market.

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