Carbon Fiber Products
Toray's TORAYCA® brand carbon fibers are globally recognized for their outstanding performance, quality and processing consistency, making them the preferred choice of designers, engineers and fabricators worldwide.
Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. began producing TORAYCA carbon fibers in Decatur, Alabama in 1999, at a site established expressly for that purpose. The Decatur facility houses the world's largest single carbon fiber production line, with a nominal capacity of 4 million pounds per year (1,800 tons per year), which will be expanded to 8 million pounds per year (3,600 tons per year), by early 2006.
Toray has announced additional expansions at the facilities in Japan, Toray Composite Materials America and Toray Carbon Fibers Europe. After completion of these three additional lines in 2008 and 2009, the Toray Group's global PAN-based carbon fiber production capacity will reach 18,900 tons per year.
While originating as primarily an aerospace material, cost-effective TORAYCA® carbon fibers are used today in a wide variety of industrial and recreational applications as well.
TORAYCA® carbon fibers, produced in a wide range of material properties, are specifically designed to meet your diverse and challenging applications.
Important features of TORAYCA® carbon fiber products include:
- The broadest product line available, including the highest strength and stiffness fibers available in the marketplace.
- Minimal deformation due to thermal effects, with coefficients of thermal expansion in the axis direction on the order of -0.4 to -1.0 x10-6/K.
- Electrically conductivity and transparency to X-ray radiation.
- Acid, alkali, salt and solvent resistance.
- A selection of surface characteristics for compatibility with high performance epoxy resin systems as well as phenolic, vinyl ester and unsaturated polyester resin systems.
- Versatility to be processed using a variety of composite processing methods including weaving, braiding, prepregging, filament winding, pultrusion, chopping and milling.
- Manufacturing under ISO 9001 quality assurance systems, with identical product manufacturing specifications, regardless of the location of manufacture.
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