05 December 2017
05 December 2017
Teijin has announced that it will establish a new carbon fibre production facility in Greenwood, South Carolina, US, and Teijin Carbon Fibers (TCF), a wholly owned subsidiary.
TCF is expected to be incorporated this December and begin operating its new carbon fibre facility by the end of 2020.
In addition, Toho Tenax, the core company of Teijin’s carbon fibres business, has announced that it will expand capacity of a specialised polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor for carbon fibre in its Mishima Factory in Japan.
Total investment in the new US carbon fibre production facility and the Japanese precursor capacity expansion will amount to approximately US$320 million.
With these two developments, Teijin says it aims to strengthen its upstream-to-downstream carbon fibre business as well as accelerate global expansion through its hubs in Japan, the US and Europe. In particular, the company has been leveraging R&D to expand its carbon fibre business in the aerospace and automotive fields.
The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) has announced the Phase I completion of a project led by DuPont, partnering with Fibrtec and Purdue University, focused on the creation of a new carbon fibre composite manufacturing process that exhibits improved fabric formability characteristics compared to traditional woven materials.
Composites One and the Closed Mold Alliance, along with Magnum Venus Products and IACMI–The Composites Institute, are organising Advances in Wind Energy, a two-day workshop exploring advanced materials, manufacturing processes and repair techniques for wind energy applications.
At SAMPE 2018 in Long Beach, Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will exhibit its advanced nonwovens, including the Tecnofire fire protection range, nano-coated materials and coated materials and Optiveil lightweight veils which aid surface finish and composite fabrication.