TenCate Toray sign long term carbon fibre supply agreement

TenCate and Toray sign long term carbon fibre supply agreement

1:56 PM, 22nd June 2011
TenCate and Toray sign long term carbon fibre supply agreement

ALMELO, THE NETHERLANDS: TenCate Advanced Composites and Toray Industries Inc have signed a long term agreement for the supply of carbon fibre to TenCate for the production of thermoplastic TenCate Cetex RTL composite materials. These fibre will be used for the growing amount of composite laminates that TenCate produces for the aerospace industry. In the near future these lightweight and high strength composite materials could also be used for automotive applications.

Under the new supply agreement over five years through 2015, Toray Industries will supply high performance carbon fibre to TenCate Advanced Composites in support of growing thermoplastic prepreg demand from the aerospace industry. “Thermoplastic materials are rapidly establishing a meaningful position in a growing amount of aircraft applications, and are also used in structural parts of the latest Aircraft. This long term supply agreement fits to our needs,” said Frank Meurs, Director, Advanced Composites, EMEA, TenCate.

TenCate and Toray also agreed to study a joint market-product development in thermoplastic composites used for automotive applications.

“TenCate Cetex thermoplastic composite materials are suitable for volume markets like automotive, where low cost materials and processing are of critical importance. With the growing need for weight savings in trucks and automobiles, these markets offer great potential,” said Meurs.

“Joint development programmes will accelerate the introduction of new applications. Because Toray Industries is strategically developing carbon fibre in automotive use in addition to aerospace, there is a strategic and technological link with our future developments in this respect. We see a need to co-operate within the value chain in order to speed up the time to market for new materials and processing technologies,” explained Meurs.

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