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20th November 2017, Tokyo

Toray to produce new carbon in Mexico

Toray Industries reports the development of a new variety of regular tow carbon fibre it says has an outstanding cost-performance ratio, and will build a new carbonisation facility for its mass production at the Mexican plant of its US subsidiary Zoltek.

The new plant is expected to start production at the end of 2018.

The overall global carbon fibre market is expected to continue growing at a rate exceeding 10% annually as the material is utilised in various industries, the company observes, and at the same time market needs are diversifying.

Toray manufactures a wide range of grades, from ultra-high-performance carbon for aerospace applications to high strength and average elastic modulus carbon fibres. © Toray Industries

Toray – the world’s leading carbon fibre manufacturer with 35% share of the overall market – already manufactures a wide range of grades, from ultra-high-performance carbon for aerospace applications to high strength and average elastic modulus carbon fibres that are increasingly being adopted for industrial applications.

Carbon fibre needs are expected to diversify further, and the demand for overall industrial applications is expected to expand exponentially – especially with the growth of electric and fuel cell vehicles in automotive.

To respond to this, Toray has been advancing the development of new varieties of regular tow, which has impressive cost and performance characteristics. A new Toray product, Z600, has physical properties that are in between large tow, which Zoltek currently produces, and regular tow, which has a track record in applications such as pressure vessels. The company plans to promote the material for industrial applications such as use in the automotive industry.

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