Toray Advanced Composites and BASF have signed a manufacturing and supply agreement focused on the production of continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRT) tapes for the automotive and industrial markets.
Based on the agreement, which was announced 14 Aug, Toray Advanced Composites will produce high quality and affordable CFRT tapes using BASF’s polyamide 6 engineering thermoplastics.
The fibre manufacturer will reinforce BASF’s Ultramid PA6 resins with either glass or carbon fibre.
“This new supply agreement strengthens our ability to make the highest quality tapes, affordably, for our customers,” said Keisuke Ishii, chief executive officer of Morgan Hill, California-based Toray Advanced Composites.
The supply agreement between the long-time partners will enhance manufacturing capacity and widen the commercial availability of CFRT materials.
CFRT materials are typically used for lightweight, structural components in a wide range of industrial markets.
In addition to lightweighting properties and strength, CFRT materials offer low costs and can be processed through new technologies such as automated stamp forming and overmoulding.
“By developing innovative lightweight, composite material technologies for automotive applications, this partnership underlines both companies’ strong commitment to drive sustainable solutions,” stated Jeff DeAlmeida, vice president, transportation industry, performance materials North America, BASF.