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Toho Tenax to Grow Composite Business in India

26 June 2012

Toho Tenax is to develop and market carbon fibre fabrics for India’s composite industry in collaboration with Hindoostan Technical Fabrics, a carbon and aramid textile manufacturer wholly owned by Hindoostan Mills, a textile company in India and part of the Thackersey Group.

Toho Tenax says this is the first time it has partnered with a textile manufacturer in India’s carbon fiber sector and under the partnership, it will supply its proprietary Tenax carbon fibre to Hindoostan for weaving and processing into quality textiles. They say the two companies will jointly market products to manufacturers of composite materials and reinforced sheets. The focus of the collaboration will be on the Indian composite industry serving various industrial domains including transportation such as automotive, aerospace and railway; wind power; sports and leisure; medical equipment; construction reinforcement and retrofitting; electronics such as computer and mobile phone housings, as well as a host of other industrial applications requiring advanced carbon fibre based solutions.

Toho Tenax explains that, whilst it already supplies chopped carbon fibre in India, it sees significant potential in the nation’s carbon fibre market, and is preparing to meet surging demand from various customers for highly valued intermediate material including prepregs.

“The collaboration between Hindoostan Technical Fabrics, with its advanced textile technology and strong presence in the Indian market, and Toho Tenax, the world’s second largest carbon fibre maker with a proven track record in the global carbon fibre composite market, will enable us to quickly secure a stronger market position in India,” said Norio Kamei, President of Toho Tenax and Head of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibres and composites business. “We aim to establish Tenax textile as a mainstream product in the fast-growing Indian composite market.”

“We believe that India’s carbon fiber composite industry is in its infancy and has substantial growth potential. Our collaboration with Toho Tenax, an industry leader in carbon fibre technology, will play a pivotal role in providing users with high quality, customised and competitive carbon fibre fabrics with reliable supply and strong application support,” said Sudhir Thackersey, Chairman of Hindoostan. “Our goal is to use our expertise and experience to continuously develop innovative textile solutions in the field of high performance composites.”

India’s composite industry has recorded robust growth of about 20% per annum over the last five years. Tenax carbon fiber textile is already used globally in a wide range of composite products, such as automotive parts, wind-turbine generator blades, medical machinery and machine tools.

According to Toho Tenax, India is one of the most strategic markets in Teijin group’s medium- to long-term growth plan. Since establishing a company in New Delhi in 2007, Teijin has been developing markets in sectors including automobiles and railcars, electronics, infrastructure, new energy and healthcare. The group currently focuses on vertically integrating its midstream and downstream businesses through strategic alliances for further growth in India.





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