The technical centre will work on automotive and other industrial applications of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics.

The TCAC is part of Teijin Advanced Composites America Inc (TACA), a company Japanese carbon fibre producer Teijin established in December 2011 to conduct marketing and develop applications for carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic composite products.

TACA is a wholly owned subsidiary of Teijin Holdings USA Inc, the Teijin Group’s holding company in the US.

Automotive applications

Teijin’s carbon fibre composite business is centered on its technology for high volume production of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic components with cycle times of less than 1 minute. The company says this represents a big move towards the increasing use of carbon fibre in cars other products.

In December, Teijin signed an agreement with General Motors to co-develop carbon fibre composite technologies for potential high-volume use in GM cars, trucks and crossovers. This development will take place at the TCAC.