08 December 2009
08 December 2009
The new Lexus LFA, part of the Lexus ""F"" premium sports car series that Toyota Motors unveiled at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, is to use carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) supplied by Toho Tenax in its cabin and various other components.
A total of 65 percent of the Lexus LFA's cabin will be made with CFRP, enabling the cabin to weigh 100 kilograms less than a comparable aluminium cabin, yet still maintaining high rigidity.
CFRP also will be used for the diffuser, speed-controlled rear wing and interior components, contributing to the vehicle's considerable weight savings.
Toho Tenax developed the components in cooperation with Toyota group companies, parts manufacturers and the Teijin Composite Innovation Center (TCIC).
This collaboration is said to lead to more developments between Toho Tenax and TCIC, as the companies aim to work together to further develop carbon fibre composite materials and related technologies, placing a focus on automotive applications targeted at both high-end and mass-production vehicles.
Kordsa, operating in tire, construction reinforcement and composites technologies market with its mission ‘We Reinforce Life’, has launched a new campaign with the slogan ‘Inspired from life, we reinforce life’.
Dura Composites has expanded its Dura Deck range to include Dura Deck Resist, a co-extruded decking board with an innovative 360 degree outer angle which protects its core from the elements, as well as a new and improved Dura Deck Eco.
The University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has partnered with Composites Australia to provide Australian civil and composite engineers with access to the latest knowledge on an innovative reinforcing solution to the costly corrosion of concrete infrastructure.