Teijin group company Toho Tenax (Tokyo) has been confirmed as the exclusive supplier of carbon fiber to Thai compressed natural gas (CNG) tank manufacturer Metal Mate (Samutprakarn). Toho Tenax envisions sales of $10 million annually under the agreement.
Tenax carbon fiber will be used in the production of "Type 3 design' lightweight, high-capacity tanks, which comprises metal cylinders fully wrapped with fiber-reinforced resin. Metal Mate is the first manufacturer in Thailand to produce Type 3 cylinders made with carbon fiber. The tanks are expected to help meet the growing demand for vehicles powered by CNG, which are gaining popularity due to their reduced environmental impact.