Japan’s Teijin scores contract extension for Bombardier carbon fiber supply

Japan’s Teijin Limited has been awarded a contract extension for the continued supply of its Tenax carbon fiber material to Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services for another seven years until 2025. Teijin was initially awarded a contract by Bombardier to supply Tenax for major primary and secondary composite structures in 2010 and Tenax Carbon Fiber is employed for primary structure applications including wing, center wing box structure and empennage (tail assembly) applications.

Tenax Carbon Fiber has been used for primary structure applications including wing, center wing box structure and empennage applications. Wing production at Bombardier in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK is pictured here.

Teijin is focusing on the aircraft business as part of its growth strategy for its medium-term management plan for 2017–2019 and is accelerating its development of mid- to downstream applications, such as cost-effective carbon fibers with higher-tenacity and higher-tensile modulus, intermediate materials including Tenax TPUD, carbon fiber thermoplastic consolidated laminate (Tenax TPCL), thermoset prepreg and non-crimp fabric. Moving forward, Teijin intends to further strengthen its carbon fiber and intermediate material business as a leading solution provider for aircraft applications, targeting annual sales in this field in excess of $900 million by around 2030.

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