Toray Industries, Inc. (Tokyo) has announced plans for a significant boost in production capacity for carbon fiber. Facilities will be added at four of the company's global locations, boosting capacity by 6000 tonnes annually to 27,100 tonnes/yr by March 2015.
Japan, the U.S, France and South Korea are in line for production boosts. The Toray Group currently has an annual production capacity of 17,900 tonnes of carbon fibers globally, and will increase this to 21,100 tonnes per year by January 2013 with two new lines currently under construction. Further, the Group's overall production capacity will rise to 27,100 tonnes by March 2015, which would ensure a stable supply structure for industries such as automotive and aerospace.