Teijin opens composites technical center in Detroit

Following its December 2011 announcement that it would work with General Motors to codevelop advanced carbon fiber/thermoplastic technologies for automotive applications, Teijin is locating a new composites technical center in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills, Mich., USA.

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Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) announced that its Teijin Composites Application Center (TCAC), a technical center that develops automotive and other industrial applications of carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) products, opened on April 1 in Auburn Hills, Mich., near Detroit. Auburn Hills and the State of Michigan both offered tax incentives to attract the TCAC, which occupies a formerly vacant facility, say local media reports.

The TCAC is part of Teijin Advanced Composites America Inc. (TACA, Auburn Hills), a company Teijin established in December 2011 to conduct marketing and develop applications for CFRTP composite products. TACA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Teijin Holdings USA Inc., the Teijin Group’s holding company in the U.S.

Teijin’s CFRTP composite business is centered on its innovative technology for high-volume production of CFRTP components with cycle times of less than a minute, a breakthrough that overcomes one of the biggest challenges for proponents of composites in the automotive industry and represents a long stride toward the increasing use of carbon-fiber composites in automobiles and other structural products. Teijin signed an agreement with General Motors (GM, Detroit, Mich.) in December 2011 to codevelop advanced carbon-fiber composite technologies for potential high-volume use in GM cars, trucks and crossover vehicles.