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Steve Rooney, CEO & Normal Supervisor and Philippe Bonte, European President, Teijin Automotive Applied sciences

JEC Composites Journal : What’s Teijin’s imaginative and prescient about Automotive ?
Steve Rooney, CEO and Normal Supervisor, Teijin Automotive Applied sciences: “Teijin desires to deliver new concepts to the Automotive in­dustry and new options to compete to already present ones that are too heavy or too costly. Our compa­ny begun to rework its portfolio in 2010 and had the desire to show Teijin right into a Tiers 1 Automotive provider. In 2017, Teijin buy the US-based Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) – the most important SMC producer in North America. From 2017 to 2019, it additionally purchased Inapal Plastics in Portugal and Benet Automotive in Czech Republic. In 2019, we’ve got launched a brand new SMC line in France. In China, we’ve got CSP Vitall a Joint Enterprise between CSP and Qingda Victall Railway. In Germa­ny, we based the Teijin Auto Heart in February 2020 in Wuppertal. And now Teijin consolidates all its efforts right into a unified model : Teijin Automotive Applied sciences.”

Teijin most essential strikes into automotive throughout the previous few years

JEC Composites Journal : What does Teijin Automotive Applied sciences embody?
Steve Rooney: “Teijin Automotive Technolo­gies brings collectively the worldwide exper­tise of Continental Structural Plastics, CSP Victall, Inapal, Benet Automotive and Teijin Automotive Heart Eu­rope to type the world chief within the formulation of superior composites, and the design and manufacturing of elements for the worldwide mo­bility business that allow our cus­tomers to construct lighter, stronger, extra eco-friendly automobiles. It’s essential to note that we formulate all our personal supplies.

Teijin Automotive Applied sciences has greater than 150 years’ mixed ma­terials and business expertise with a big strategic international footprint. Now we have 29 manufacturing services on three continents, together with 4 superior R&D facilities. This new entity brings collectively 5,400 staff who generate greater than $900 million in international gross sales, and we undertaking to achieve $1.5 billion by 2025. Teijin Automo­tive Applied sciences is already an inno­vation chief with quite a few patents for supplies, processes and merchandise. Now we have received twelve business technol­ogy awards since 2015 together with JEC Awards.

Spanning a number of mobility associated in­dustries, together with automotive, heavy truck, marine and leisure car segments, the brand new group which incorporates Teijin’s automotive compos­ites staff in Japan, is positioned to supply superior supplies options. Using all of the strengths from the beforehand separate firms, Teijin Automotive Applied sciences can present distinctive options for the following genera­tion of mobility addressing our cus­tomers’ most troublesome design challeng­es. This unification additional strengthens the group’s capabilities as a ver­tically built-in, full-service provider that develops supplies to satisfy cus­tomer wants at the moment, whereas anticipating wants of tomorrow.”

Teijin Automotive Applied sciences international footprint

JEC Composites Journal : What about Pouancé website in France ?
Philippe Bonte, European President, Teijin Automotive Applied sciences: “New devel­opments are our day by day actitivities. Pouancé is a Teijin Automotive Tech­nologies’ Innovation Heart of Excel­lence for Light-weight Applied sciences and Carbon Fiber processes. This 12,000 m2 website options 17 Injection and compression presses as much as 2300T, a cutting-edge SMC automated professional­duction line with a capability of 100 tons per day, and a SMC R&D pilot line. All is run by our 25 staff. In 2018, we’ve got invested 5 million euros into a brand new 4000m² SMC manufacturing line with an output of 20,000 tonnes per yr. It’s now operating totally. And, all is able to duplicate this line to satisfy the automotive market demand.”

JEC Composites Journal : Speaking about know-how, what are you engaged on and what could be the long run in automotive composites ?
Steve Rooney & Philippe Bonte : “Our major focus is on the transportation and industrial markets. We make each thermoset and thermoplastic elements : Battery packing containers/carriers, Pickup packing containers, Class A physique panels, Marine/outboard motor covers , Structural elements, Un­derbody elements, Inside panels, Constructing, industrial elements… Teijin Automotive Applied sciences is exclusive as a result of we formulate our personal supplies, after which we mildew it into merchandise. We’re the biggest com­pounder and producer of compos­ites in North America. And, our glob­al manufacturing and compounding footprint allows us to produce consist­ent supplies and elements to cus­tomers throughout North America, Europe and Asia – a functionality no different com­posite producer can present. Within the USA, For instance, our know-how is expressed within the Chevrolet Corvette panels 35% lighter than extra conven­tional options due to our TCA Ul­tra Lite® together with glass microspheres. Furthermore, don’t forget that Teijin is the world’s second largest producer of carbon fiber.

Teijin/Multi-material battery enclosure

Immediately we’re extra targeted on mul­timaterial initiatives to take the most effective of carbon and glass fibres, utilizing carbon fibres solely the place it’s actually wanted. C-SMC (Carbon Fibre Sheet Molding Compound) know-how doesn’t de­velop that a lot due to know-how for the second primarily as a result of value. In distinction, our Sereebo® thermoplastic composite market is de facto lively at the moment.  Now we have developments on electrical ve­hicle battery closures within the US and we imagine that within the close to future electrical automotive received’t be produced in « thermal en­gines» vegetation however in model new ones. And we are going to see battery circumstances as a part of the châssis making automobiles from a skate­board sort substructures.”

JEC Composites Journal : What’s your view of quick and lengthy macro considerations, specifically COVID and sustainability ?
Steve Rooney: “Now we have been impacted by the COVID disaster as everybody else within the automotive business with semi-conductors and uncooked materials shortages however we’re actually assured in the way forward for composites.
Teijin has a really sturdy dedication to sustainability and the society of the long run, so we’re engaged in a lot of initiatives that help this dedication. By figuring out sources of CO2 emissions in our supplies and processes, we are going to determine methods to scale back our environmental impression and set up targets for long-term enchancment.”

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JEC Composites Magazine N°144