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Toray Industries has reached a basic agreement with Saati to acquire its European carbon fibre fabric and prepreg business.
Toray says it will take over the assets of Saati’s plant in January 2015, which would start operation as Composite Materials (Italy), (CIT), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toray, while Saati’s American composite business will still belong to the Saati Group. In Europe, Toray explains it is currently engaged in carbon fibre business starting from polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor at its French subsidiary, Toray Carbon Fibers Europe (CFE), and CFRP parts business that uses carbon fibre fabric at its German subsidiaries of Euro Advanced Carbon Fiber Composites (EACC) and ACE Advanced Composite Engineering (ACE).
Through this planned acquisition of intermediate material business base, Toray says it establishes its own integrated supply chain, and would further strengthen the structure of Toray Group’s carbon fibre composite materials business in Europe. Saati’s carbon fibre fabric and prepreg business has been expanding rapidly in recent years as a customer of Toray Group’s carbon fibre-related companies, especially of CFE, under the strong cooperation between the two companies. In particular, in the premium automobile field, it has been highly acclaimed by the market for its quick response to customer requirements, despite being a late entrant into the market.
Going forward, Toray Group claims it will transfer its technology to CIT while aiming to expand the business beyond Europe by leveraging its global sales channel. Toray positions its Carbon Fiber Composite Materials Business as one of the Strategically Expanding Businesses and plans to drive forward exponential expansion of the business by proactive investment of management resources including M&A under the medium-term management program “Project AP-G 2016” launched in April 2014. The acquisition of CIT is part of this strategy, and Toray aims to expand and advance its Carbon Fiber Composite Materials Business through enhancing its supply chain.
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