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Toho Tenax Concludes Long-Term Frame Contract with EADS Initially covering the supply of carbon fiber materials

Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group's carbon fibers business, announced today the conclusion of a long term framework agreement with EADS and its subsidary Airbus SAS regarding the direct supply of carbon fiber and carbon fiber-based materials for a range of Airbus aircraft. In line with the agreement, a specific contract has been signed to cover the supply of TENAX thermoplastic consolidated laminates, which currently is under qualification for the new Airbus A350 XWB.

Toho Tenax expects this award to be the first of many in the thermoplastics field. To underline this strategy, Toho Tenax is presently investing in a new TENAX Thermoplastic Unidirectional Prepreg line within its German operational facility, which is expected to commence production in early 2011.

Toho Tenax also is in discussion with Airbus to provide other new carbon fiber-based material solutions for other aircraft and future A350 XWB versions. One possible agreement is the supply of woven TENAX carbon fiber-reinforced benzoxazine prepreg with potential application in the Airbus A380 Auxillary Power Unit (APU) housing. The material is part of a new family of carbon fiber reinforced prepregs based on novel resin systems.

Toho Tenax and Airbus have been building a strong relationship since 1989, during which time Toho Tenax has supplied TENAX carbon fiber filament yarn for a variety of Airbus aircraft Families, including the A320, A330 and A340, as well as the A380. They expanded the relationship with an agreement for the joint development of advanced materials in early 2008 resulting in Toho Tenax developing novel carbon fiber-based materials to meet Airbus' future requirements.

The two companies intend to continue strengthening their relationship to realize further weight reductions and to enhance the energy efficiency of aircraft. Going forward, Toho Tenax aims to accelerate expansion of its aircraft materials business — one of the core objectives of the company — by developing increasingly advanced carbon fiber and carbon based-based products.

Press release issued by Teijin Carbon Ltd on June 28, 2010

 

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Teijin Carbon Ltd Carbon-reinforced Composites, Laminates, Prepreg
Airbus S.A.S. Airframer

 

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Airbus A350 XWB

 

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