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Astar and Toray announce UK agency agreement for carbon fiber SMC

News International-French

26 Oct 2020

Astar, a Spanish manufacturer located in Bilbao, specialising in the formulation and manufacturing of SMC, BMC and CSMC thermoset compounds, and Toray International UK, the UK sales representative for Toray Industries’ carbon fiber materials, have signed an exclusive agreement for the supply of carbon fiber SMC (Sheet Moulding Compound) materials in the UK.

Astar and Toray announce UK agency agreement for carbon fiber SMC

Astar is a manufacturer of SMC and BMC materials with over 55 years’ experience of custom-made formulations, supporting a diverse range of applications in the automotive & transportation, building & construction and electrical & energy markets. Most recently in 2017 they installed a new production line dedicated to high performance carbon fiber SMC products.

TIUK is the UK representative for the high-performance Torayca and Zoltek large-tow industrial range of fibers for Toray Industries, the world’s leading PAN-carbon fiber manufacturer.

The exclusive agreement between Astar and TIUK continues a strong collaboration between the parties, which started in 2018 as part of a £37m government funded project, ‘Tucana’, through the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) led by Jaguar Land Rover. The academic and industry partners from this consortium aim to develop lightweight, scalable carbon fiber technology for use in electric vehicles.

Alan Riley, Director of Sales & Marketing at TIUK commented:

“we are delighted and honored to represent Astar’s carbon fiber SMC products in the UK market. The UK carbon composites supply chain is one of the most advanced in the world and we believe that TIUK can only offer further value to our customers with the addition of Astar’s market-leading CSMC products to our portfolio.”

Eduardo Astorqui, Managing Director at Astar, added:

“The base component of CSMC is carbon fiber and therefore it is for us a honor that TIUK, part of Toray Industries, number one carbon fiber manufacturer in the world, represents our CSMC materials in the UK. “