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Carbon crucial to the Toyota Mirai
Friday, 19 December 2014

alt The 2016 Toyota Mirai which is being launched this month is the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) that can be purchased outright, and carbon fibre composites are central to its game-changing design.

The Mirai eliminates the petrol engine in favour of a stack of wafer-thin cells that create a chemical reaction when hydrogen passes through them to produce the electricity to power a compact motor to drive the front wheels. The only by-product the fuel cells create is water.

Toray Industries supplied carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) and materials for the fuel cell stack, as well as for both structural parts and the high pressure hydrogen tank.    Read More >>


Welcome to Ecocomposites

The increasing replacement of metals and wood with composites is intrinsically environmentally responsible.
Composites allow structures to shed weight, and as a consequence have a big role to play in reducing both the use of petrochemicals and CO2 emissions
cross a wide range of end-use industries.

However, many other developments are taking place in the composites industry. They involve, for example, the development of natural and bio-based fibres and resins, along with cleaner and more efficient processes.
You’ll find all the news of this drive towards a greener tomorrow right here.

Adrian Wilson, editor

Toray acquires Saati prepreg business

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

article thumbnailToray Industries is to acquire the European carbon fibre and prepreg business of Saati SpA, situated ay Legnano near Milan in Italy. It will be renamed Composite Materials (Italy) Srl (CIT), as Toray...

Hexcel invests in UK operations

Monday, 15 December 2014

article thumbnailHexcel Corporation, headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, has acquired 50% of Formax UK, the manufacturer of composite reinforcements specialising in the production of lightweight multi-axial...


Germany’s future infrastructure

Thursday, 27 November 2014

article thumbnailNot content with its cars, Germany now wants to see at least 20% of its building infrastructure reinforced with carbon composites instead of steel in the next twenty years.  The country’s...

Exploiting nanocellulose

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

article thumbnailSugar is the new crude, says American Process, based in Atlanta, Georgia, which has formed a partnership with Futuris Automotive of Melbourne, Australia, to develop ultra-strong, lightweight...