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Mitsubishi Rayon (MRC) has set up a new European Representatives Office in Mitsubishi Chemical Europe offices in Dusseldorf, Germany.
MRC say they will use the new office to promote co-development for intermediate materials working with local partners, participating in industry-government-academia projects and to strengthen relationships with end users, while its 100% subsidiary Grafil (Headquarter in California, US) will continue to market and sell the Groups range of Grafil and Pyrofil carbon fibres into the European market through UK office.
According to MRC, the carbon fibre and composite materials market has being growing rapidly within Europe but especially in Germany, which is why they have decided to open their new office in Duesseldorf.
MRC explained that BMW’s new “”i series”” electric vehicle will make extensive use of carbon fibre fabrics in its major structural components. The car is set to be launched in 2013 and many of the structural fabrics will be manufactured by SGL Automotive Carbon Fibres, the joint company formed between SGL Group and BMW Group. MRC-SGL Precursor, the joint company formed between MRC and SGL Group will supply the precursor (acrylic fibre used as the raw material for carbon fibre) solely for the “”i series”” project.
Also, they said that 5 major wind turbine manufacturers are utilising carbon fibre composites to meet demand for more efficient blades to replace existing blades and for use in new offshore wind farms in places like the North Sea. In Germany where nuclear power will be phased out in favour of renewable energy to minimize the environmental burden they are urging the development of manufacturing “”fast cycle carbon composites””.
MRC’s European Representative Office say they will be implementing marketing for various industrial applications, introducing new intermediate materials and working with major automotive manufacturers and Tier 1 OEM’s on the co-development of materials optimised for industrial applications. MRC will be opening the new office with just one officer and a few part-time employees, but their intention is to increase members to have both development capability and intermediary product sales function in the future.
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