Toho Tenax to supply carbon fiber thermoplastic prepreg to Airbus

Under the agreement with EADS and Airbus, Toho Tenax will supply Tenax thermoplastic consolidated laminates for the A350 XWB. The company will build a new Tenax thermoplastic unidirectional prepreg line within its German operational facility.

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Toho Tenax (Tokyo, Japan), the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibres business, announced on June 28 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 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. Benzoxazine is a produced by Henkel (Bay Point, Calif., USA)