Teijin Limited has integrated its development and marketing of automotive-use carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP), aiming to strengthen the group’s business in this value-added form of CFRP.
The Automotive Business Development Group launched on 1 April 2015 as a new entity directly under the Carbon Fibers & Composites Business Unit. It is responsible for marketing thermoplastic CFRP formerly handled by the Teijin Composites Innovation Center and thermoset CFRP formerly handled by Toho Tenax, the core company of the group’s carbon fibers and composites business.
Teijin Composites Innovation Center will focus on developing technologies for individual projects.
The company said that integrating and reorganizing these functions will enable the Teijin to accelerate its CFRP business, especially in the highly promising automotive field. Teijin wants to become Japan’s leading provider of CFRP composites for automotive applications.
Teijin developed Sereebo, the world’s first mass-production technology for thermoplastic CFRP with a one-minute takt time, in 2011. Current efforts are focused on developing automotive CFRP products for global automakers in Japan and other countries. Toho Tenax, which spearheads Teijin’s carbon fibers and composites business, is developing automotive-use products such as high-efficiency thermoset CFRP and rapid-curing carbon fiber sheet pre-impregnated with matrix resin.