In 2011, Teijin (Osaka, Japan) built a four-seater concept car with a carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) body structure. The body was formed in one minute and weighs only 47 kg, merely a fifth of a comparable steel structure, achievements that represent a new world of mass production applications for carbon fiber composites..
|Ultra-light car bodies close to commercialization.|
Teijin tackled this problem by employing a thermoplastic resin ideal for real-world mass production applications and recyclable to boot. Teijin has branded this world-first CFRTP technology Sereebo, an acronym for Save the Earth, Revolutionary & Evolutionary Carbon, and is now bringing it closer to commercial use in high-volume production.
Teijin is currently working with automakers worldwide, including General Motors, to accelerate development of Sereebo-branded composites for mass production of reduced-weight vehicles that meet demand for energy savings and CO2 reductions. Teijin is spearheading the collaborative effort, which involves technical facilities in both Japan and the USA and a pilot plant in Japan. Collaborative developments with consumer electronics makers and precision equipment makers are also in progress, and Nikon has already adopted Sereebo to manufacture structural parts for a digital SLR camera.