Toray Industries has launched TorayCA T1200, which it claims is the world’s highest strength carbon fibre. TorayCA T1200 has been developed in response to a growing demand for high-strength carbon fibres with lightening protection, with Toray refining its proprietary nanoscale structural control technology to design and achieve an internal structure with greater strength. It is said to have a tensile strength of 8.0 gigapascals (or GPa, which is around a 100 kilogram force per square millimetre). At this level, it is more than 10% higher than the 7.0 GPa achieved by TorayCA T1100, the company’s current highest tensile strength carbon fibre.
Developed at a new facility within its Ehime plant in Masaki-Cho, Japan, T1200’s diverse range of applications include golf shafts, bicycle accessories, fishing rods and other leisure equipment. It will also have uses in the motorsports, aviation and space sectors.
The new fibre is also said to help reduce the environmental footprint of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic materials. Developed as part of the Toray Group Sustainability Vision, the company says it has committed itself to providing innovative technologies and advanced materials that contribute to sustainable progress.
“TorayCA T1200 embodies the Toray Group’s vision for balancing greenhouse gas emissions and absorption worldwide,” Toray said in a statement.
“(We) will continue to enhance the performance and supplies of TorayCA carbon fibre in keeping with corporate philosophy of contributing to society by creating new value with innovative ideas, technologies, and products.”