Teijin reorganizes its automotive CFRP business

In addition, the company’s R&D center for Sereebo CFRTP Technology receives ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation.

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Carbon fiber manufacturer Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) has revamped its automotive-use carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) business by launching it as a new entity directly under its carbon fibers and composites business unit. Launched on April 1, the new unit is responsible for marketing thermoplastic CFRP.

This move aligns all the CFRP automotive business into one unit, which was previously handled by different segments within the company. Teijin expects to become Japan’s leading provider of CFRP composites for automotive applications. Teijin developed Sereebo, the world’s first mass-production technology for thermoplastic CFRP with a one-minute takt time, in 2011.

The company is focused on developing automotive CFRP products for global automakers in Japan and other countries. Toho Tenax, which spearheads Teijin’s carbon fibers and composites business, is developing automotive-use products such as high-efficiency thermoset CFRP and rapid-curing carbon fiber sheet pre-impregnated with matrix resin.

ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation 

Teijin has reportedly become the world’s first manufacturer of carbon fiber composite materials to obtain ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. Teijin Composites Innovation Center (TCIC) will now offer its CFRTP technology for production and evaluation on a one-stop basis to promote Sereebo.

“Third-party accreditation based on international standards verifies the competency of the TCIC’s testing operations to evaluate the physical properties of its own CFRTP products and to inspect externally manufactured CFRP products as a third-party organization,” the company said in a news release.

Following ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation, the TCIC’s evaluation capabilities have been reviewed and approved by the Japan Accreditation Board (JAB), an international certification organization. The TCIC’s evaluation data will now be recognized in a number of countries based on an international agreement in which JAB is a signatory.

New U.S. carbon fiber facility

Teijin will establish a new carbon fiber facility in the U.S. In its earnings report published on Feb. 3, Teijin says that it is progressing with the development of structural components for mass-produced vehicles made with its Sereebo thermoplastic CFRP. 

TCIC and the Teijin Composites Application Center (Detroit, MI, US) are making solid progress on multiple projects targeted at developing specific components and establishing mass-production procedures. The company’s joint development work with General Motors is entering the final stage of preparation for commercialization and Sereebo is now officially registered on General Motors’ materials list, which is why the company is turning its attention to establishing a new carbon fibers production facility in the U.S.