From Plastics News
Tokyo -- Teijin Ltd plans to establish a plant in Japan that will be able to mass-produce carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic components.
The company said in a 30 Nov news release that the plant will be the world's first of its kind, fully integrated from production of carbon fibre on-site, all the way to finished parts. The integrated process will reduce cycle times for molding parts to less than a minute. That will allow faster production of prototypes and performance evaluation tests.
The Yen 2000-million ($26-million) pilot plant will be located at Teijin's Matsuyama factory in Ehime Prefecture, Japan.
Construction will begin shortly, with operations scheduled to start in mid 2012. Teijin said its mass production technique has the potential to help automakers use more lightweight carbon fibre parts.