Stronger, Lighter Vehicles Thanks to Composites

Lightness Will Drive
the
Eco-friendly Cars
of the Future

Preserving our environment, including the prevention of global warming and controlling the consumption of fossil fuels, is a task that must be tackled globally. In the automotive industry, demand for CO2 emission reductions and improvements in fuel efficiency is growing. Weight-reduction will play a key role in meeting these needs. Excellent environmental performance must be achieved without compromising safety, so to achieve stronger, more lightweight automobiles, new innovations are required.

The Answer is
in the Combination

Teijin is rising to the challenge of next-generation automobiles through its composite materials and products, combining different fibers and resins. By combining reinforced fibers such as carbon fiber, glass fiber and aramid fiber, with thermoplastic resins such as nylon and polycarbonate, or thermoset resins such as vinylester and epoxy resin, Teijin can produce properties suitable for many different applications. Furthermore, by utilizing their design technology, Teijin can maximize the strength of composites, reducing costs for their customers.

Imagining a More
Eco-friendly Car

What's more, Teijin's composite material and products made using thermoplastic resins improve productivity, therefore contributing to reducing CO2 emissions during manufacturing. Composite material and products using thermoplastic resins are easy to reshape after molding, allowing for reuse and reform. This reduces environmental impact throughout the lifecycle of products. Aiming to reduce both car weight and environmental impact, Teijin will continue to challenge weight reduction.

Helping to Build a Recycling-oriented Society

The Cycle is the Key

The depletion of resources and mass waste are long standing issues for our environment. To solve these problems, we must build a recycling-oriented society where we control the consumption and effective use of limited resources to minimize waste. Teijin uses two approaches to recycling, material and chemical, and is aiming to create closed-loop cycles for products we are all familiar with.

Two Methods of
Polyester Recycling

The first of Teijin’s two techniques is mechanical recycling technology, where bottles made from PET plastic are melted down to be recycled into polyester fiber. This fiber can be used to make clothing. The second is chemical recycling technology, involving the breakdown of polyester items into raw materials through a chemical process. This technology is a world-first, offering quality and purity comparable to polyester derived directly from petroleum.

Aiming to Realize a
Sustainable Society

Both of these recycling processes have an impact on the control of petroleum consumption, reduction of waste, energy consumption and CO2 emissions in manufacturing. From gym clothes for school children to industrial materials, these technologies can also supply a wide range of applications. Through their recycling technologies, Teijin is contributing to creating a sustainable society which is friendly not just to human beings, but the environment we live in.