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AMAC Supports Japanese Firm MaruHachi's European Expansion

11 July 2017

AMAC Supports Japanese Firm MaruHachi's European Expansion

With the aim of expanding its activities into the European market, Japan-based thermoplastic composites manufacturer MaruHachi is collaborating with Dr. Michael Effing of German business consultancy AMAC, who will advise and support the company strategically.

MaruHachi has a strong history in automotive and medical textiles and has been active in the composites market for more than 10 years. The aim of the cooperation between MaruHachi and AMAC is the strategic development of new business opportunities in Europe, particularly in target markets such as sports and leisure, consumer goods, electronics and electrical, building and infrastructure, aviation, automotive and rail.

"We believe that the cooperation with AMAC will show good results in the establishment of our European presence," says Toshi Sugahara, General Manager of MaruHachi. "We are happy to benefit from Dr. Effing´s long-term experience as a pioneer in the composites industry, developing TEPEX thermoplastic composites sheets at DuPont in the 1990s and his high-quality network. With our products, we want to contribute to significant weight reductions of the final product, thus improving energy efficiency while offering a cost-efficient and high-quality solution."

"MaruHachi is a speciality manufacturer of small-size tailor-made thermoplastic composite components in the form of tapes and so-called organo-sheets, who develops products using various polymer types, ranging from polypropylene to high temperature PEEK and the traditional fibre systems of glass, carbon and aramids," adds Effing, CEO of AMAC. “I am very pleased to support and advise MaruHachi with the introduction to the highly innovative and most advanced European thermoplastic composites sector. Especially MaruHachi´s products like tapes, sheets and near-net shaped preforms represent an interesting category of material systems and semi-finished products with higher performance, tailored and optimised for any new applications."

MaruHachi is partner of the AZL in Aachen, Germany, and participates in the AZL thermoplastic business platform together with 17 other partners including Cato, DSM, DuPont, Evonik, HELM and Schuler.


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