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Teijin's Sereebo CFRTP adopted for Panasonic's digital 4K video cameras

News International-French

25 Mar 2020

Teijin announced that its Sereebo carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) has been selected for use in Panasonic Corporation’s launched digital 4K video cameras, the HC-X2000 and HC-X1500.

Panasonic's digital 4K video cameras made with carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic

Panasonic's digital 4K video cameras made with carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic

A version of Sereebo developed for injection molding, which uses Teijin’s polycarbonate resin Panlite  as the matrix, has been adopted for the handle unit and top cover of both cameras. Sereebo, a CFRTP for mass production, significantly reduces molding time to enhance production efficiency.

The HC-X2000 and HC-X1500 video cameras both offer 4K60p/10-bit videography for professional applications including television broadcasting. The HC-X2000, which is about 40% smaller and some 15% lighter than conventional models, combines excellent mobility with a robust 4 hours and 35 minutes of continuous shooting.

Teijin's Sereebo CFRTP adopted for Panasonic's digital 4K video cameras HC-X1500

While camera chassis and bodies are typically made with plastics reinforced with chopped carbon fibers for strength and reduced weight, short fibers cannot fully realize the strength and other unique features of longer carbon fibers. Sereebo incorporates Teijin’s original resin-composition formulating technology for added strength, weight reduction and flame retardance. Also, its surfaces are extra smooth and Teijin’s superior resin-processing technologies eliminate carbon-fiber bosses (protrusions). Panasonic, recognizing these superior properties of Sereebo, collaborated with Teijin to jointly develop high-function components for its two new 4K video cameras.

Teijin is accelerating its development of mass-production applications for Sereebo, including in precision equipment and consumer electronics that require both strength and reduced weight. In the coming future, Teijin expects to strengthen its position as a global specialist in composite solutions.