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Having acquired the composites portfolio of Henkel in January and thermoset resins supplier Applied Poleramic Inc. in 2017, the company’s North American affiliate Kaneka Aerospace LLC (Benicia, CA) will manufacture prepregs based on benzoxazine and other matrices.

Stephen Moore

August 10, 2018

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Kaneka to start carbon-fiber prepreg manufacture in North America

Kaneka Aerospace LLC, the Benicia, CA–based wholly owned affiliate of Japan’s Kaneka Corp. (Tokyo), plans to manufacture high-performance thermoset resin prepregs in the U.S. Since acquiring U.S. formulated resin manufacturer Applied Poleramic Inc. in September 2017, the company further augmented its presence in the aerospace sector through the acquisition of the benzoxazine-based, high-performance composites business from Henkel in January 2018. Kaneka Aerospace now plans to leverage these acquisitions to carry out carbon-fiber prepreg manufacture in North America employing benzoxazine and other matrix resins.

Details regarding start-up date and capacity were not revealed. However, Kaneka Aerospace is targeting revenue of ¥20 billion ($180 million) by 2025 in the aerospace and space sector.

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Stephen Moore

Stephen has been with PlasticsToday and its preceding publications Modern Plastics and Injection Molding since 1992, throughout this time based in the Asia Pacific region, including stints in Japan, Australia, and his current location Singapore. His current beat focuses on automotive. Stephen is an avid folding bicycle rider, often taking his bike on overseas business trips, and is a proud dachshund owner.

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