Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. (CMA) had begun producing advanced composite materials in 1992 as Toray Composites (America), Inc. (TCA) – incorporated in Pierce County and located adjacent to Boeing’s Composite Manufacturing Center [CMC] – to enable an efficient supply stream of Toray’s carbon fiber composite materials. First used on the Boeing 777, Toray’s Advanced Carbon Fiber composite materials are now incorporated into the 777 and 787 primary structures and will be used on the new 777X wing. CMA’s Tacoma plant supplies a diverse customer base both domestically and internationally and is a major exporter from Washington State.
In 1997, CMA’s Decatur plant was established, then known as Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc. (CFA), – incorporated in Morgan County. The Decatur area has been known for its history in the chemical industry and offers attractive conditions for carbon fiber production. CMA Decatur operates production lines from precursor to carbon fiber and has a diverse base of customers in aerospace, defense, industrial, and automotive. They manufacture Standard Modulus [SM], Intermediate Modulus [IM] and Intermediate Modulus (+) [IM+] fibers for a global customer base.
Toray Composites (America), Inc. and Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc. have worked successfully together for 20 years and share the same philosophy and culture, and merging to become CMA. Both companies are accomplished with an enviable track record of providing industry leading solutions for our clients. We believe our successes are a result of our industry leading practices and the knowledge, passion, and total commitment to quality from all our employees.
CMA’s newest plant in Spartanburg, SC will be an integrated facility producing precursor, carbon fiber and prepreg in a single manufacturing facility. This plant is a cornerstone of Toray’s growth in North America and provides critical supply chain redundancy and diversification.
With a nationwide footprint, this allows us to build on our success by utilizing our collective knowledge and expertise, and becoming nimbler and responsive to our customers’ needs by centrally managing our combined production facilities. Gaining capability across product lines allows us to increase customer value, shorten time to market, and strengthen critical relationships.