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Toray launches of life cycle assessment program for thermoplastic composites

Toray Advanced Composites (The Netherlands), a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced composite materials, announced the launch of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) program for its Toray Cetex® range of thermoplastic composite materials. This strategic move underscores the company’s commitment to environmental responsibility, aiming to quantify and reduce the environmental impact of its manufacturing processes. The LCA will initially focus on Toray Cetex® thermoplastic composite materials manufactured at their 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,” states Marc Huisman, Director Research and Development, “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”.