Cytec, Mitsubishi Rayon to collaborate on aerospace-grade carbon fiber

Cytec Engineered Materials and Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. have entered into a strategic business collaboration to advance carbon fiber reinforced composite materials technology for aerospace applications.

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Cytec Engineered Materials (Tempe, Ariz.) and Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) announced on Sept. 15 that they have entered into a strategic business collaboration to advance carbon fiber-reinforced composite materials technology. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will combine and share their technologies and engineering efforts for selected high-performance carbon composites applications in the aerospace structural materials market.  Each company will be at liberty to market to the aerospace industry any commercial materials that result from mutually developed technology.

The suppliers say the move was motivated by the expected “tremendous” growth in the composite content of next-generation aircraft as manufacturers such as The Boeing Co. (Seattle, Wash.) look to reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency. Reportedly, the two have collaborated behind the scenes for several years to develop high-performance carbon composite materials for aerospace applications. The collaboration is helping both companies improve their technological capabilities and “accelerate innovation” as they seek to meet the stringent demands and customer requirements in the aerospace industry. According to the collaborators, Mitsubishi’s knowledge of high-performance fiber science and processing and supply capability is helping Cytec meet the advancing requirements and growing demands of its aerospace customers. In turn, Mitsubishi is benefiting from Cytec’s aerospace materials design and delivery experience as well as the company’s advanced resin science and prepreg processing knowledge.