Toray Advanced Composites appoints new executive leadership

Toray Advanced Composites has announced a key leadership transition, with Scott Unger as the new global CEO and Steve Cease as the new managing director, USA, and global CTO.

Toray Advanced Composites headquarters in Morgan Hill, California, USA.
Toray Advanced Composites headquarters in Morgan Hill, California, USA.

Unger has more than 30 years of experience at senior level in the composites industry, having co-founded the Morgan Hill, California, site in 1990, bringing new advanced composite products and technology innovation to the market before its acquisition by TenCate in 1999, and then Toray in 2018. Unger will succeed Toshiyuki Kondo after previously serving as the division’s managing director and global chief technology officer. Kondo, in turn, will move to a new executive leadership role within the Toray Group at Zoltek.

"I am thrilled and humbled to lead our group towards our collective vision of innovation and excellence in next-generation composite material technologies,” said Unger.

Cease, who succeeds Unger as global CTO and US managing director, brings 30 years of advanced composite materials and parts experience in technology, operations, and business development to his new role. In addition to his extensive thermoset background, he is a recognized champion for the growth of thermoplastic composites. In 2020, Cease joined Toray Advanced Composites (formerly TenCate) as VP of Technology and Strategic Marketing.

“We are experiencing a high-rate production paradigm shift, with new advancements in material technology being pivotal in providing a solid foundation enabling sustainable environmental and economic growth,” said Cease. “I am excited to advance the strong Toray technology platforms and to execute our industrialization strategy.”

This announcement follows the newly launched strengthened polyamide Cetex PA+ TC915, the launch of the Life Cycle Assessment program for Toray Cetex thermoplastics, and the Morgan Hill campus expansion.