2017

CMA (Tacoma) Fall CSR Campaign

10-1-2017

October 01, 2017

In September of 2017, CMA (Tacoma) held a campaign to collect school supplies for students in the Bethel School District.  From the end of August to September, donation bins were setup throughout the facility where associates could donate supplies.  At the end of the campaign, 192 items were donated including backpacks purchased by CMA.

Following the supply drive, in October 2017, associates from CMA (Tacoma) visited Bethel Middle School, located near the facility, to teach an experimental science class to 7th grade students.  Over the course of two days, associates presented to eight classes, totaling about 240 students in attendance.

Associates introduced themselves to the students, Toray and CMA, and then moved forward in the presentation focusing on environmental issues such as water shortages and possible solutions to these issues.  Students were shown that through the process of water filtration, particles (including viruses) could be separated from water to produce clean drinkable water.   Using a Toray ultrafiltration (UF) membrane as an example of the process, the associates showed the students how to separate clear sugar water from orange juice.

Afterwards, the lesson moved on to introducing the students to carbon fiber and prepreg.  Students learned what prepreg is, the process to make it, and the environmental benefits from it.  Concluding the lesson, students were able to see and discuss finished products made with carbon fiber.

CMA is proud to discuss science and innovation with the local community, and looks forward to visiting schools in the future.



CMA Associates Teach Science Classes to Local Middle School Students

June 07, 2017

In June 2017, associates from CMA (Tacoma) visited Frontier Middle School, located near the facility, to teach an experimental science class to 7th grade students.  Over the course of two days, associates presented to eight classes.

 

Associates began the class by first introducing themselves and what they do at CMA, Toray and CMA, then began to focus on environmental issues such as water shortages and possible solutions to these issues.  Students were shown that through the process of water filtration, particles (including viruses) could be separated from water to produce clean drinkable water.   Using a Toray ultrafiltration (UF) membrane as an example of the process, the associates showed the students how to separate clear sugar water from orange juice. 

 

After explaining different water filtration methods, the lesson moved on to carbon fiber and prepreg.  Students learned what prepreg is, the steps to make it, and the environmental benefits from it.  Concluding the lesson, students were able to see and discuss finished products made with carbon fiber.

 

CMA is proud to share knowledge of science and innovation with local young students, and looks forward to ongoing opportunities to continue teaching these classes.



Paddles Up! 6th Annual Dragon Boat Race & Festival

May 13, 2017

Toray Composite Materials America, Inc., Decatur plant, hosted the 6th Annual Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation Dragon Boat Race and Festival on May 13, 2017 at Point Mallard Park in Decatur, AL.  This year there were 62 teams consisting of 25 participants per team.  That is over 1500 participants in this year’s festival.  Each team is required to pay a registration fee to participate in the races and each boat has 20 paddlers in the boat at race time. 

Toray has been the primary sponsor each year this event has been held and all proceeds are donated to the Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation to purchase equipment that will be used in the hospital.  This year the event raised $138,014 that will be used to purchase PFT, EEG, & Cardio Pulmonary Equipment. 

This event has quickly become one of the most anticipated fundraising events in Decatur with Toray receiving tremendous appreciation throughout the community for hosting this wonderful event.   Since its inception the Dragon Boat Races have raised over $750,000 for the Decatur Morgan Hospital Foundation and has purchased many items such as Panda Warmers for Labor and Delivery, Defibrillators, Fetal Monitors and Cardiac Monitors. 

The Race day begins with a large festival atmosphere and race anticipations.  After the dotting of the Eye of the Dragon Ceremony all racers gather at designated team tents and wait eagerly for their race times.  The teams run two qualifying races with the fastest times continuing on to the final races in each division. 

This year Toray had three teams in the races and two of the teams finished in 2nd and 3rd place in their division.  We had a tremendous turnout of participants and supporters from Toray.  Employees are already planning their race teams for next year’s event.

Congratulations to all of the team members from Toray that participated and a big thanks to the community for supporting this very worthwhile event. 



TCA Partners with Bethel School District for Outreach Programs and the Arts

3-24-2017

March 24, 2017

Promoting responsibility as a corporate citizen (CSR) and reaffirming Toray’s strategic commitment to Safety, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation, Toray Composites (America), Inc. (TCA) hosted actor and historian, Lee Stetson, to return as John Muir.  John Muir is considered the “Father of the National Parks” and championed conservation and environmental preservation through his writings in the late 19th and early 20th century. 

Lee, playing the part of Muir, entertained and educated students in four different middle schools in the Bethel School District surrounding TCA’s Tacoma, WA plant.  Following the reenactment, students had the opportunity to ask questions like: “Were you ever married?”, “What was the most difficult National Park to create?”, and “What are the most difficult forces against environmental preservation?”. 

As a result of the corporate merger of Toray Composites (America), Inc. and Toray Carbon Fibers America, effective April 1, 2017, Toray Composite Materials America (CMA) will continue their outreach and CSR activities in and around business locations across the United States.