Teijin establishes mass production carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP)

Teijin establishes mass production for carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP)

2:57 PM, 17th June 2011
Teijin establishes mass production for carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP)
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TOKYO, JAPAN: Teijin Ltd said that it has established the world’s first mass production technologies for carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), achieving a significant reduction of the cycle time required for molding automobile cabin frame to less than one minute. The breakthrough overcomes one of the biggest challenges in the industry and shows the use of carbon fiber for mass production of automobiles and other products.

Teijin developed technologies for welding thermoplastic CFRP parts together and for bonding CFRP with materials such as steel, both of which will help to reduce the use of metal in manufacturing processes. As a demonstration, Teijin has developed an four-seat electric-vehicle (EV) concept car, which has a cabin frame made from thermoplastic CFRP and weighs 47 kilogram. Teijin will use the concept car to introduce its technologies to automakers and parts suppliers, and also to promote joint initiatives to develop lighter automobiles.

Looking ahead, the Teijin Group aims to accelerate its expansion of advanced composite materials, one of the pillars of the group's long-term growth strategy. To this end, Teijin will establish on April 1 a new business group, named the Carbon Fibers and Composites Business Group, by integrating its current business units for carbon fibers and composite materials.

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