Teijin Carbon Europe GmbH, the Teijin Group's carbon fiber business in Europe, has upgraded to Tier 2 membership with the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol, UK as a key part of Teijin’s strategy to support next generation aerospace manufacturing projects.
Teijin originally joined the NCC as an Associate Member in November 2018. As a global manufacturer of carbon fiber, Teijin Carbon Europe is well placed to support the NCC to advance its materials and manufacturing technologies. Many of their digital automated deposition technologies were funded by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) as part of the NCC iCAP program (Digital Capability Acquisition Program, an investment program for digitalizing composite manufacturing, increasing production rates and quality while improving efficiency and reducing costs), including the Ultra High Rate Deposition Cell, which has two huge industrial robots that automate the aircraft wing production process.
The robots measure, cut, lift and place pieces of carbon fiber fabric (‘plies’) with millimetric accuracy – laying 5m wide strips of composite material, up to 20m long, in one precise movement. This cuts the number of fabric components required from around 100,000 to just 150 and therefore can significantly reduce Wing component build time. This has the potential to revolutionize aircraft production and is playing a critical role in the Wing of Tomorrow – a research and development program led by Airbus to deliver the next generation of aircraft wings, which also includes UK-based Tier 1 suppliers GKN Aerospace and Spirit AeroSystems.
Teijin Carbon Europe looks forward to supporting the NCC and partners on various high-performance aerospace projects as well as contributing to the UK composites community. As a Tier 2 member, the company will provide unique carbon fiber Non-Crimp Fabrics as well as Thermoset and Thermoplastic prepreg materials for diverse applications in these projects and in other NCC development programs.
As one strategic focus of its medium-term management plan for 2020-2022, the Teijin Group is intensively accelerating its development of mid- to downstream applications for aircraft. Teijin Carbon Europe has already been selected to supply carbon fiber based Non-Crimp Fabric (NCF) to the Wing of Tomorrow project.
Going forward, Teijin intends to further strengthen its carbon fiber and its intermediate material business as a leading solution provider for aircraft applications, targeting annual sales in this field in excess of USD 900 million by around 2030.
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