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investment

Toray Carbon Fibers Europe opens a technical
centre for customer support & innovation
The Lacq basin, France, is set to
become a hotspot for innovation and
very high technology solutions in the
carbon fibre sector. Toray is already
equipped with manufacturing facilities and will soon have its own carbon
fibre raw material production unit.
And now, Toray is to open an R&D
and technical centre for its European
market. The Toray group will thus
have the resources to offer a local response to the technology requirements
of the aeronautical sector and other
cutting-edge industries in Europe.
It is also bolstering its position as the
continental leader on the carbon fibre
market.

Another step forward in the
development of the Toray
European network
The Toray group enjoys a strong
position on the European carbon fibre
market and is continuing to expand its
network with the development of an
integrated production chain. It covers
the manufacture of carbon fibre, com-

posite materials and, more recently,
polyacrylonitrile (PAN), the raw
material used in carbon fibre. Today,
with the creation of a technical centre
in the Lacq basin, Toray Carbon Fiber
Europe will be combining this set-up
with a technical offering and research
and development activities. This is a
genuinely strategic project with a dual
objective:
- provide technical assistance and
local operational resources for
industrial clients in the aeronautical
sector,
- develop an R&D offering for other
sectors using carbon fibre and faced
with key environmental issues, such
as automotive, energy, marine and
shipbuilding.
By bringing together all its carbon
fibre expertise in the Lacq basin,
and in particular its teams providing
innovative products and cutting-edge
technology, the company is sending
out a clear message to big buyers in

the European aeronautical sector.
Until now, the group had responded
to global demand from its carbon
fibre technical centres located in
Asia and the United States. Officially
announced for the first time in June
2012, when Mr Nikkaku, President
and COO of the Toray group, visited
Lacq, the Toray CFE technical centre
has now become a strategic reality.

A clear focus on innovation

More information:
www.toray-cfe.com

The Lacq Basin, France, is set to become a hotspot for innovation

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One of the group's priorities is to add
significant added value to its clients'
activities through a strong innovation
policy. Day after day, it demonstrates
its capacity to integrate new technologies and enhance the market offering.
With this technical centre in France,
Toray intends to show off its ability
to supply very high-tech innovative
products and pioneering solutions to
its European clients.
Consequently, the Toray CFE Technical Centre will carry out research
work into carbon fibre and the development of innovative intermediate
products (UD tape, carbon prepreg).
This work will most notably focus on
the formulation of new resins (chemical tests) and on mechanical aspects
(micro-analysis). In the long-term,
work will lead to patent applications
and new high-performance products.
True to the group's research partnership strategy focused on client
needs, the technical centre will also
head research for Toray CFE clients,
aiming to find innovative solutions to
their requirements. This approach is
likely to encourage new partnerships
for cutting-edge projects.
Finally, the technical centre endeavours to become part of the region's
research and innovation scene. Its
goal is to position itself as a collaborative platform for stakeholders such
as universities, composite material
research centres and competitiveness
clusters. n

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014

Cover
Edito
Point of view: volume production
Contents
Agenda of Events
COMPANY & BUSINESS
In Brief
Advanced materials
APPLICATIONS
Cargo
Marine
E-car
Motorcycle
MARKET
Glass fibre
Overview 2013
FEATURE PREPREG
Laminates
Paper
Equipment
Technology
Carbon fibre
Formulation
Process
Investment
Tool
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Additive manufacturing
Class A
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
Cutting
PVC
Recycling
Design
Filament winding
Index
In the world
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Point of view: volume production
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Agenda of Events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - In Brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Advanced materials
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Cargo
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - E-car
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Motorcycle
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Glass fibre
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Overview 2013
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Laminates
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Paper
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Equipment
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Technology
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Carbon fibre
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Formulation
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Process
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Investment
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Tool
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 48
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Additive manufacturing
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Class A
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Cutting
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - PVC
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 58
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Recycling
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 60
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Design
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - 63
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Filament winding
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #86 - January/February 2014 - In the world
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