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Toray Advanced Composites Announce Expanded Thermoplastic Composites Capability with High Heat Press

NIJVERDAL, The Netherlands, May 19, 2021 – Toray Advanced Composites announce the expansion of their thermoplastic composite material capabilities for high-performance applications, with the introduction of a next-generation high heat laminate press at their Nijverdal (The Netherlands) facility. 

This expansion in capability advances the supply of Toray Cetex® reinforced thermoplastic composite laminates for high-temperature performance applications across resin systems including PEEK, PEKK, and LMPAEK. The press can consolidate up to 400°C. Laminates are available with woven fabric, uni-directional and hybrid reinforcement configurations.

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Laminates made using the high-temperature press are 50% larger than existing laminates in this performance category, bringing a unique capability to the composites market. The increased size broadens the adoption of high-performance thermoplastic composite materials to include larger part geometries across both aerospace and industrial applications.

Toray Cetex® laminates are fully consolidated in the press, eliminating the need for secondary layup and consolidation stages, enabling efficient and cost-effective high-volume fabrication of high-performance, high-quality thermoplastic composite parts. Toray Cetex® reinforced thermoplastic laminates, also known in the industry as “organo sheets”, undergo rigorous quality inspection to ensure near-zero voids.

Frank Meurs, Managing Director of Toray Advanced Composites states “today’s announcement is an exciting step in our strategic expansion of thermoplastic technology. Building on over 30 years of heritage and innovation within our Cetex® thermoplastics, this unique capability underlines our continuing commitment to invest in the future needs of large-scale adoption of thermoplastic composites in an affordable way”.

As with existing Toray Cetex® reinforced thermoplastic laminates, ply orientation, thickness, and reinforcement can be customized to end-user specifications. Additional functionality, such as antigalvanic corrosion and lightning strike protection, can also be integrated into the laminate at the point of consolidation, providing further processing and performance benefits.

About Toray Advanced Composites 

Toray Advanced Composites is a leader in the development and production of advanced thermoplastic and thermoset composite materials. The broad product portfolio is incorporated in high-performance products for aerospace, space, communications, automotive, consumer, and industrial applications. Toray Advanced Composites has a long heritage of combining state-of-the-art materials technology with world-class technical expertise to deliver a unique customer-centric business model. Production and operation facilities are in North America, Europe, and Asia. Toray Advanced Composites is a subsidiary of the Toray Group. For more information visit, www.toraytac.com

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