Japanese company announces breakthrough in carbon fiber technology
Teijin's concept vehicle has a carbon frame that weighs one-fifth of a conventional frame.
March 9th, 2011
12:14 PM ET

Japanese company announces breakthrough in carbon fiber technology

A Japanese company on Wednesday said it has developed a process to make lightweight car frames at mass production speeds, a process that could make vehicles more efficient and save energy.

Teijin Limited said in a press release it can mold an automobile frame of carbon fiber reinforced plastic in under 60 seconds.

"The breakthrough overcomes one of the biggest challenges in the industry and represents a long stride toward the use of carbon fiber for the mass production of automobiles and other products," the company's statement said.

The company said it has developed an electric vehicle to show the advantages of its new carbon fiber composite. The frame of the vehicle weighs only 47 kilograms (103 pounds), a fifth of what a metal counterpart would weigh, it said.

Previous molding processes for a car frame took at least five minutes each, the company said, making it unsuitable for mass production. With the new method taking less than a minute, efficient mass production is possible, it said.

Teijin plans to develop applications for the carbon fiber in making machine tools and industrial robots as well as automobiles, the statement said.

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  1. Shawno


    March 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sutler

    The true test for these bad-boys are how well they stand up against Godzilla!

    March 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Offtopic

    Ridiculous. .

    March 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ChiltepinRN

    Do they come with a funeral wreath?

    March 9, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ed bailey

    Where do I send an order for my motorcycle frame?

    March 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chris

    Carbon fiber is not only expensive, but it cracks....unless you create a pod around the driver I see problems....

    March 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mpristave

      the point is it is expensive BECAUSE it took a while to mold. This will not be as expensive.

      March 9, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jack

    It is their experiment for now people don't get too excited. They will be sold just like Honda, Toyota, Nisan,....Remember we used to laugh when Honda and Toyota first came into the market. Look at the bright side, atleast they are NOT spending moneys on the loosing WARS in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    March 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Bye to all I have overstayed my welcome

    March 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |

    hit one pothole to many and ka-boom goodbye frame rails

    March 9, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mpristave

    Cool, now someone can make a car like that cabon fiber Lotus but for $30000 maybe?

    March 9, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. OK

    Less employes More CEO $

    March 9, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kathy

    way to go ! you guys are the smartest human in this planet ;]

    March 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |


    March 9, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rob Krebs

    This is a ground-breaking development. With this significant improvement in molding process speed, mass production is suddenly much more plausible, bringing us closer to cars of the future that are lighter, safer, and more fuel-efficient.

    Read more about plastics in cars on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/plasticcar

    March 18, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tommy

    Carbon fiber-Kevlar closed cell foam RV here I come, no seriously just waiting for mass production..

    March 5, 2013 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |