Toray Advanced Composites announced on July 28 that it will add 74,000 square feet (6,800 square meters) to to its Morgan Hill, CA, campus. Part of the Japan-based Toray Group, the company develops and manufactures advanced thermoplastic and thermoset composite materials.
"We're growing our operations to meet the demand for quality advanced composites. This addition to our Toray facilities in Morgan Hill will dramatically increase capacity for aerospace, urban air mobility, defense, commercial, and industrial markets worldwide," said Scott Unger, US managing director.
The expansion builds on the continued long-term investment in technological capabilities across production, logistics, and R&D, realizing advancements at scale, Toray told PlasticsToday. Construction is expected to be completed with a fully operational building by next year.
The accelerated expansion at the Morgan Hill location will support both thermoset and Cetex thermoplastic production, supply chain readiness, as well as increase technology laboratory capability and capacity in preparation for surging market demand for materials, Toray said in a prepared statement.
Toray Composite Materials America also recently announced a major expansion of its carbon-fiber facility in Spartanburg, SC. The 30,000-square-foot facility expansion will increase Toray’s carbon-fiber capacity by 3,000 metric tons annually starting in 2025. The capital investment in capacity is designed to meet growing demand for clean energy solutions, said the company.
In March of this year, Toray Advanced Composites became the first advanced composites company to receive NADCAP accreditation in Non-Metallic Materials Manufacturing – Thermoplastic Prepreg Manufacturing AC7124/6. The National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) is a rigorous conformity accreditation program that follows strict requirements standardized by government and industry leaders within the aerospace, defense, and related industries.