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The German Federal President Christian Wulff visited the CFK Valley in Stade to be informed about current carbon fiber projects. The German producer of carbon fibers Toho Tenax Europe is member of the CFK Valley. Eckhard Scholten, managing director of Toho Tenax Europe explained the use of the various Tenax products.
As an attractive example application, the chassis of a Toyota Lexus LFA was presented. It consists of 65 % carbon fiber reinforced parts and 35 % aluminum. Compared to a conventional metal structure, the weight is reduced by 30 % due to these new materials. Toho Tenax not only provides carbon fibers, but also supplies semi-finished materials and parts made of carbon fibers.
For 25 years, Toho Tenax Europe GmbH has produced carbon fibers in Germany. Toho Tenax Europe is still the only carbon fiber producer in Germany and the leading producer in Europe. In this time, high performance carbon fibers have been continuously developed. Beside the substantial shipments to the world-wide aerospace industry, Toho Tenax is engaged in the industrialization of high volume applications e.g. in wind energy and automotive industry. Toho Tenax also develops new carbon fiber based materials and new production processes that clearly aim to reduce costs.
About Toho Tenax
Toho Tenax is the core company of the Teijin Group's carbon fibers business. The Toho Tenax Group is a leading carbon fiber manufacturer worldwide with an annual production capacity of 13,900 tons in Japan, Germany and the USA and a producer of a variety of semi-finished carbon fiber based materials. Toho Tenax Europe GmbH is an affiliate being located in Germany and responsible for the European market.
Based in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, Teijin is a global technology-driven group operating in eight main fields: aramid fibers, carbon fibers & composites, polyester fibers, plastics, films, medical & pharmaceuticals, fiber products marketing and IT businesses. Teijin Limited, the holding company for the Teijin Group, is listed on the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges. The group, comprising 150 companies and 17,542 employees worldwide, had consolidated sales of JPY 815.7 billion (USD 9.8 billion) and total assets of JPY 761.5 billion (USD 9.2 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2011.
More information : www.tohotenax-eu.com