Fiberline Composites, based in Denmark, has set up a joint venture (JV) with leading Japanese carbon fiber manufacturer Mitsubishi Rayon. The new company plans to develop longer and more efficient wind turbine blades.

Fiberline is an experienced manufacturer of carbon fibre components for wind turbine blades, while Mitsubishi Rayon, which is a part of Mitsubishi Chemicals, is a mass producer of industrial carbon fibers. Together the companies could offer carbon fiber components to wind turbine makers with an improved supply chain, which could in turn reduce the price of wind energy.

The new company will be based at Fiberline Composites' existing factory in central Denmark.

‘Mitsubishi Rayon is satisfied that their chosen partner brings the competence and track record on industrial scale to produce high performance laminates for the increasingly important pultrusion technology,’ said Mitsubishi Rayon's chief executive Masayoshi Ozeki. ‘We are looking forward to this closer cooperation with great pleasure.’

The agreement and the new company are expected to contribute to increased growth and earnings in the Fiberline Group and thereby also increase the number of jobs at the company's Danish factory.

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