Toho Tenax Europe Joins Technology Development Project Aimed at Furthering Industry 4.0 Initiative

Tokyo, Japan, March 4, 2016 --- Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group's carbon fibers and composites business, announced today that its German subsidiary Toho Tenax Europe GmbH (TTE) would participate in a technology development project aimed at contributing to Industry 4.0, the German initiative for a fourth-generation industrial revolution.

By participating in iComposite 4.0, the Teijin Group aims to achieve improved production efficiency and expanded applications for its diverse lineup of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) materials.

The project, called iComposite 4.0, was launched by 10 leading German organizations in January 2016 with support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The goals are to realize production cost reductions through innovations such as 3D printing, resin-injection processes and intelligent-control systems to balance materials characteristics for minimized waste during production. Each part is embedded with an RFID chip that stores information about its production history to support quality control and production-system flow.

In iComposite production, a part’s basic structure is produced by a fiber spraying technology in the first stage. To balance stresses, high-precision fiber bundles are then added. Resin transfer molding (RTM) is used for the molding process.

Fiber reinforced plastics (FRP) materials are used widely to meet demands for lightweight production, but production using FRP results in large amounts of material waste and is felt to be inefficient.

About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY786.2 billion (USD 6.6 billion) and total assets of JPY 823.7 billion (USD 6.9 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. 

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