Toho Tenax moves forward
The presently most advanced and successful of these products are Tenax® based ThermoPlastics.
A new production line for Tenax® TPUD prepreg (ThermoPastic UniDirectional) is currently being installed at its German production site in Oberbruch. This new advanced line builds the twenty year experience already held within the Toho Tenax group for thermoplastic prepreg production. It will be the first commercial TPUD line installed in Europe. The first production is planned for summer 2011. Tenax® TPUD is reinforced with a specialised carbon fibre with tailored sizing for high temperature thermoplastic applications. The carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic tape will be available in a wide range of widths (6.35 to 304.8 mm).
Toho Tenax has also developed a new range of ThermoPlastic Consolidated Laminate materials (Tenax® TPCL) in partnership with the company PORCHER INDUSTRIES, France. The laminates are formed by consolidating several layers of woven carbon fibre coated with a thermoplastic polymer. These carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic laminates can be used in a subsequent transformation process to create press formed components.
These new Tenax® ThermoPlastic materials have already been selected for a variety of aerospace development and commercial programmes.
About the Teijin Group
Based in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, Teijin is a global technology-driven group operating in eight main fields: aramid fibers, carbon fibers, polyester fibers, plastics, films, medical & pharmaceuticals, fiber products marketing and IT businesses. Teijin Limited, the holding company for the Teijin Group, is listed on the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges. The group had consolidated sales of USD 8.5 billion (JPY 765.8 billion, USD 1=JPY 90) in fiscal 2009 and employs 18,778 people worldwide, with 156 companies around the world. Please visit www.teijin.co.jp/english
Toho Tenax Europe GmbH
Toho Tenax is the core company of the Teijin Group's carbon fibers business. The Toho Tenax Group is a leading carbon fiber manufacturer worldwide with an annual production capacity of 13,900 tons in Japan, Germany and the USA. Toho Tenax Europe GmbH is an affiliate being located in Germany and responsible for the European market.