June 29, 2017
The Teijin Group announced today that its advanced high-performance materials and technologies will be adopted once again in the latest solar-powered, carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) vehicle developed by Kogakuin University Solar Team for the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the world’s biggest solar car race, which will take place in Australia from October 8 to 15. The materials and technologies have been provided by Teijin Limited, Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the core company of Teijin’s carbon fibers and composites business, GH Craft Ltd., Teijin’s composite structure design development and evaluation unit, and Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., a products converting company.
GH Craft is engaged in all stages of composite-structure fabrication for super-lightweight vehicles, including design, molding and structural evaluation. The company is a leading developer of CFRP composite structures for transport vehicles in the automotive, marine, rail and aerospace fields. Considering that the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge was a lifetime task of the late Manabu Kimura, the founder of GH Craft, the company provides the Kogakuin University Solar Team with all possible technical support leveraging its site, including dispatching a GH Craft member to accompany the solar-car race team to provide mechanical and technical backup.
The Teijin Group is supplying the team with a variety of high-performance materials, including the following:
The Teijin Group is striving to be an enterprise that helps to solve social issues under medium-term management plan for 2017-2019. As part of this effort, the company is delighted to contribute to society by supporting the ambitions the Kogakuin University Solar Team’s young engineers.
This year, the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, which was inaugurated in 1987, will hold its 14th competition as the world’s biggest biannual solar car race to showcase advanced, innovative technologies for solar cars. The Kogakuin University Solar Team is entered in the competition’s Challenger Class. Teijin has been supporting the Kogakuin University Solar Team since 2013.
About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 170 companies and around 19,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY741.3 billion (USD 6.5 billion) and total assets of JPY 964.1 billion (USD 8.5 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.
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