The Teijin Group's (Tokyo, Japan) exhibit included the Toho Tenax Group (TTG, Wuppertal, Germany) and Teijin Composites Innovation Center (TCIC), the group’s core carbon-fibers businesses, Teijin Aramid BV (Arnhem, The Netherlands), the group’s core aramid-fibers business, and Teijin Kasei Europe BV (Venlo, The Netherlands), the group’s core resins and plastics business.
The Toho Tenax Group featured its newly developed Tenax thermoplastics, called TPUD and TPCL, and Tenax Part via Preform (PvP). Tenax PvP, a resin transfer molding (RTM) production method, using net-shape preforms manufactured with highly efficient carbon-fiber placement technologies. TTG will also present Tenax Dry Reinforcements, a lightweight, non-crimp fabric, and Tenax Rapid Curing Prepreg (RCP). RCP, which is a press-molding prepreg that cures in three minutes at 150°C, increases the productivity of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) manufacturing, and is suitable for structural uses and high surface-quality applications.
Additionally, Diversified Structural Composites (Erlanger, KY, US), an affiliate of Toho Tenax America Inc. (Rockwood, TN, US), exhibited pultruded parts, including complex linear profiles, rods, tubes, flats and complex geometries. TCIC will showcase trademarked Sereebo, what it says is the world’s first mass-production technology for thermoplastic CFRP, which reportedly improves production efficiency by significantly reducing production tact time to less than one minute. Sereebo products provide useful solutions for high-volume mass production of structural components.
Teijin Aramid BV showcased Twaron and Twaron black, the first high-modulus black para-aramid yarn, along with Technora and also Endumax, an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE). Composite materials based on Twaron, Technora or Endumax reportedly offer attractive energy-saving and eco-minded solutions. The company says Twaron or Technora are used in applications requiring stiffness, strength, damage tolerance or great aesthetics, such as leisure boat hulls and sails, hockey sticks, motorcycle helmets and other sporting goods. Twaron and Endumax also provide opportunities for solutions demanding lightweight protection.
Teijin Kasei Europe BV presented several plastic glazing parts made from Polycarbonate (PC) and PC/ABS. Polycarbonate (PC) Panlite and PC/ABS Multilon glazing reportedly realizes weight reduction, and further requirements such as scratch and UV resistance are offered by Teijin’s special coating systems. Multilon is a popular material for achieving high impact resistance and dimensional stability.