Toray launches LCA program for Cetex thermoplastic composites

Toray Advanced Composites has announed a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) program for its Toray Cetex range of thermoplastic composite materials.

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The LCA will initially focus on Toray Cetex thermoplastic composite materials manufactured at Toray Advanced Composites’ site in Nijverdal, The Netherlands, with plans to broaden the program to include US facilities and their thermoset composite materials.

The assessments are being conducted by an independent third party in accordance with ISO14040 and ISO14044. They will provide customers with reliable emission data on Toray’s composite material to help them evaluate their footprints during the product lifecycle.

“Toray Cetex has been used within aerospace for lightweighting to lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for over 30 years,” said Marc Huisman, Director Research and Development at Toray Advanced Composites. “We are committed to the ongoing reduction of CO2 emissions across the whole of the product life cycle, and along with optimizing our own processes, are excited to support the industry with relevant, accurate data to help determine the whole emission process in composite part adoption”.

Under the Toray Group Sustainability Vision, the company has made realizing a world in which resources are managed sustainably one of its goals for 2050.