The Airbus A350 XWB.
The Airbus A350 XWB.

Toho Tenax says that Tenax® TPCL, which utilises carbon fibre composites made with high impact, heat and chemical resistant PEEK (polyetheretherketone) thermoplastic resin, are supplied by Toho Tenax Europe GmbH in Germany.

Toho Tenax is actively involved in developing new carbon-fibre materials and related solutions to render future Airbus aerostructures cost effective.

As a top supplier to Airbus for over 25 years, Toho Tenax adds that it has provided the aircraft maker with Tenax® carbon fibre filament yarn for a variety of aircraft families, including the A320, A330, A340 and primary composite structures of the A380. In June 2010, Toho Tenax signed a long-term agreement with the Airbus Group regarding the supply of Tenax®TPCL for the A350 XWB aircraft structure.

“Tenax® carbon fibre, which was first qualified for use in the composite structure of the A320’s vertical tail plane back in 1988, has long been valued by the aircraft industry for its stable supply and superior quality,” said Takashi Yoshino, president of Toho Tenax. “As demand rises for weight-saving and energy-efficient solutions, the presence of Tenax® will expand even further. Going forward, we will accelerate our development of high-performance carbon fibres, intermediate materials and structural parts to offer enhanced solutions to the aircraft market.”