Teijin Limited announced the April 1 opening of the Teijin Composites Application Center (TCAC) in Auburn Hills, Mich., a technical center to develop automotive and other industrial applications of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite products.
The TCAC is part of Teijin Advanced Composites America Inc. (TACA), a company Teijin established in December 2011 to conduct marketing and develop applications for CFRTP composite products.
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 in the automotive industry representing a long stride towards the increasing usage of carbon fiber in automobiles and other products.
In December Teijin signed an agreement with General Motors to co-develop advanced carbon fiber composite technologies for potential high-volume use in GM cars, trucks and crossovers. This co-development will take place at the TCAC.
Teijin is a global technology-driven group operating in eight main fields: aramid fibers, carbon fibers and composites, polyester fibers, plastics, films, medical and pharmaceuticals, fiber products marketing and IT businesses.