Report: Mitsubishi Rayon to increase carbon fiber capacity

A report in Nikkei Asian Review says Mitsubishi will boost carbon fiber capacity in Japan and build a new plant in Texas, US.

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Nikkei Asian Review reported on Nov. 7 that Mitsubishi Rayon (Tokyo, Japan) will increase carbon fiber production capacity substantially over the next three years to meet demand for lightweight automobiles and aircraft.

According to the report, capacity at the company's Otake Production Center in Hiroshima Prefecture (Japan) will increase from 2,700 to 4,000 tons annually by mid-2016. The company also will build a US plant with a 2,000-ton capacity by 2018, possibly in Texas, according to the report. As was reported in 2014, Mitsubishi Rayon also will double capacity at its California, US, plant to 4,000 tons in 2016. 

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