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Teijin’s mass production technologies for carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) have been awarded Frost & Sullivan’s 2011 Global Automotive Carbon Composites Technology Innovation Award.
“Teijin’s new CFRP compression moulding technology offers a low cost-to-performance alternative, which makes it ideal for metal replacement in large structural body-in-white components,” said Sandeepan Mondal, Senior Research Analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “The drastically reduced cycle times along with the development of economical thermoplastic resin intermediate materials and high processability which gives processors greater design freedom, have paved the way for Teijin to be a technology leader in automotive carbon composites. These achievements of Teijin are deservedly recognised with the Frost & Sullivan 2011 Global Technology Innovation Award.”
According to Teijin, their innovation enables a significant reduction in cycle times, to under a minute, required for moulding automobile body structure. Conventional CFRP utilises thermosetting resin and requires at least five minutes for this process, making it unsuited for mass production applications, such as for general-purpose automobiles, and limiting its use to high-end vehicles.
“We are pleased that our automotive carbon fibre composite technologies were recognised by Frost & Sullivan as the industry leader,” said Norio Kamei, General Manager of Teijin’s Carbon Fibres and Composites Business Group and President of Toho Tenax. “The award is highly meaningful for us as we accelerate our expansion of advanced composite materials – one of the pillars of the Teijin Group’s long-term growth strategy. We will further our efforts in this key field, aiming to facilitate new vehicle architecture featuring significantly lighter bodies.”
Frost & Sullivan’s Technology Innovation Award is presented each year to companies that demonstrate outstanding excellence in new products and technologies within its industry. The award recognises the quality and depth of a company’s development, based on solid groundwork, secondary resources and analyst feedback.
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