Toho Tenax’s Multi-Material Roof Cover for Use in Toyota’s Fuel-Cell Bus

November 06 2017

Toho Tenax Co., Ltd. has developed a lightweight multi-material roof cover for a fuel-cell bus made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), aluminum and other lightweight engineering plastics. The roof cover, which boasts a visually appealing surface, can be manufactured in one large piece with complex shapes and is suitable for mass production.

The roof cover is adopted for the world’s first mass-produced fuel-cell bus, which was developed by Toyota Motor Corporation. Toho Tenax collaborated with GH Craft Ltd., the Teijin Group’s composite structure design, development and evaluation unit, to develop the multi-material roof by leveraging Toho Tenax’s high-performance carbon fiber and mass-production know-how and GH Craft’s molding technology.

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