Toray, Boeing sign carbon fibre supply agreement new planes

Toray, Boeing sign carbon fibre supply agreement for new planes

6:49 AM, 16th November 2015
Toray, Boeing sign carbon fibre supply agreement for new planes

TOKYO, JAPAN: Toray Industries said it has signed a comprehensive long-term agreement with the Boeing Company to supply carbon fibre torayca prepreg for the production of the new Boeing 777X aircraft, extending the existing supply agreement for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The new agreement extends the comprehensive agreement that was signed in November 2005 by more than 10 years from this year. The total value of prepreg Toray Group will supply for both 787 and 777X programs for the contract period is expected to exceed 1.3 trillion yen ($11 billion). 

Toray has also made a decision to invest approximately 50 billion yen in new construction of an integrated production line for yarn (precursor), high-performance carbon fiber torayca with an annual production capacity of 2,000 tonne.

It represents the first phase of a planned 100 billion yen investment. The new facility will also be Toray’s first integrated production line for yarn (precursor), carbon fibre torayca and torayca prepreg in the US.

Toray will commence production of yarn (precursor) in phases starting in May 2017, and plans to begin supplying torayca prepreg to Boeing in 2019, following certification.

With Boeing planning to raise the number of 787 aircraft being produced every month from the current 10 planes to 12 per month in 2016 and 14 per month by the end of the decade, and the ratio of larger models also expected to increase, the demand for carbon fibre composite materials also is expected to increase significantly.

The 777X aircraft is a large-sized, twin-engine passenger aircraft currently being developed by Boeing as a successor to the existing 777, with a plan to deliver the first plane in 2020.

Toray’s torayca prepreg has been officially selected for these main wings. Preparing for the planned 787 production increase to 12 planes a month, Toray has already been working to expand torayca prepreg production facilities at its US subsidiary, Toray Composites (America) Inc in Tacoma, Washington, and the new facilities there are expected to start operation in January 2016.

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