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Toray aims to optimize TORAYCA global operations

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Mar '07
Toray Industries Inc announced that the company made a decision to expand production capacity of its PAN-based carbon fiber TORAYCA composite material simultaneously at its three manufacturing bases in Japan, the U.S. and France. The move is aimed at responding to the full-scale expansion in demand for PAN-based carbon fibers for uses including aircraft application.

The company plans to spend 55.0 billion yen in total to build additional facilities at all the manufacturing bases of the group through the beginning of 2009. In Japan, it plans to build a second prepreg (carbon fiber sheets impregnated with epoxy resin) manufacturing facility at its Ishikawa Plant (Nomi-shi, Ishikawa prefecture), in addition to its Ehime Plant (Masaki-cho, Ehime prefecture).

Since 2004, Toray has been carrying out focused capital investment on carbon fiber products. It is already committed to boosting capacity to 13,900 tons a year by August 2007, compared with 7,300 tons at the end of 2003.

With the investment announced this time, the group's production capacity for carbon fibers will increase by 4,000 tons to 17,900 tons a year and that for prepreg by 11.6 million m2 to 33.8 million m2 a year. Accumulated investments since 2004 reach 110 billion yen.

Under the capacity increase plan this time, Toray will newly build a large-scale production line with production capacity of 1,800 tons a year at each of its U.S. subsidiary Toray Carbon Fibers America Inc. (CFA; Decatur, Alabama, the U.S.) and French subsidiary Société des Fibres de Carbone S.A. (SOFICAR; Abidos, France) and a new high-performance carbon fiber production line with capacity of 400 tons will be built at the Ehime Plant in Japan.


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