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Teijin has announced the launch of Sereebo, a new brand for carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP).
The name Sereebo is an acronym for “Save the earth, revolutionary & evolutionary carbon.” Teijin says it expects Sereebo to facilitate the development of lighter and smaller mass-produced products such as automobiles.
Teijin state that Sereebo-branded CFRTP composites are made with three Teijin-developed intermediate materials that the company produces by impregnating carbon fibre with thermoplastic resin.
U Series is a unidirectional intermediate offering directional strength on an ultrahigh level. I Series is an isotropic intermediate offering a balance of shape, mouldability and multidirectional strength. P Series, which is a long-fibre thermoplastic pellet (LFT) made from high-strength carbon fibre, is suitable for injection moulding of complex parts, a promising material that will enable the recycling of CFRTP composites.
Teijin is currently accelerating its development of applications for CFRTP composites in promising industrial fields including automotive.
Developments at Teijin are being spearheaded by a collaborative effort involving the Teijin Composites Innovation Center, a Japan-based R&D hub for carbon fibre composites business, the Teijin Composites Application Center, a technical facility opened in Michigan, US in April 2012, and a pilot plant opened in Matsuyama, Japan in December 2012 to test the fully integrated production of CFRTP components.
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