Tokyo, Japan, October 17, 2013 – Teijin Limited announced today that its Sereebo carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) has been selected for use in the structural parts of Nikon’s digital SLR camera D5300 (www.nikon.com/news/2013/1017_dslr_01.htm), released on October 17.This is the first time Sereebo has been adopted for a commercial product.
Made with Sereebo CFRTP, which offers outstanding strength and high conductivity, the camera’s structural parts achieve high strength and electromagnetic shielding. Also, the surface is extra smooth and has no carbon fiber bosses thanks to Teijin’s superior resin-processing technologies.
Camera bodies and internal structural parts requiring strength commonly are made of metal. Plastics reinforced with chopped carbon fibers are used as a substitute to lower weight, but the short length of the chopped carbon fibers has made it difficult to take advantage of the strength and other unique features of carbon fibers. By utilizing Teijin’s intermediate materials and processing technologies for the high-volume production of CFRTP components, however, Nikon has devised an innovative solution in collaboration with Teijin.
Teijin is accelerating its development of applications for Sereebo-branded CFRTP composites for mass-production products such as precision equipment, consumer electronics as well as automobiles requiring both strength and reduced weight. The company aims to become a global leader in the development of advanced solutions incorporating carbon fibers composites, targeting annual sales of JPY 150 to 200 billion (USD 1.5 to 2.0 billion) by around 2020.
About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 17,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY 745.7 billion (USD 7.4 billion) and total assets of JPY 762.4 billion (USD 7.6 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013. Please visit www.teijin.com.