Toray supply Bell Helicopter with carbon fibre prepreg materials

Toray to supply Bell Helicopter with carbon fibre prepreg materials

5:53 AM, 12th September 2015
Toray to supply Bell Helicopter with carbon fibre prepreg materials
Michael Loeffler, vice president, supply chain, Bell Helicopter and Tim Kirk, vice president, sales, TCA sign the agreement at Bell Headquarters in Ft. Worth, TX. © PRNewsFoto

TACOMA, US: Toray Composites (America) Inc (TCA) said it has entered into a supply agreement with Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc company, to supply carbon fibre prepreg materials for Bell Helicopter programmes.

Initially, TCA will supply materials for the Bell 525 Relentless programme. The Bell 525 Relentless is the world’s first commercial fly-by-wire helicopter and is currently in flight test and certification process at the Bell Helicopter aircraft assembly site in Amarillo, Texas.  TCA materials are being utilized in the fuselage and supporting structure, Toray said.

“We have been working with Bell Helicopter for a few years to expand our collective opportunities. Bell Helicopter is critical in our rotorcraft expansion strategy and offers TCA a platform with which to build our technology portfolio,” said Tim Kirk, vice president, sales for TCA.

“We are excited to formalize this relationship with an industry leader in carbon fibre composite materials. TCA is providing technology and value to Bell Helicopter that will lend to the success of the Bell 525 Relentless programme,” said Mike Loeffler, vice president, supply chain for Bell Helicopter.

TCA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toray Industries Inc, manufactures industry-leading carbon fibre prepreg materials for aerospace, automotive, industrial, and sporting goods applications.

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