Mitsubishi Chemical Develops Highly Heat-resistant CFRP Using Phenolic Resin

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC; Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Masayuki Waga) has announced development of a new carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) composite material that is lightweight and rigid as well as highly heat-resistant.

CFRP, known for lightness and rigidity, is increasingly being utilized for mobility applications such as aerospace and automotive lightweighting as well as for industrial machinery applications for efficiency and the advancement of manufacturing processes. However, one of the challenges customers have faced with traditional CFRP that is based on highly versatile epoxy resin is low heat resistance. By using phenolic resin as the base resin, MCC has developed CFRP material that can withstand conditions up to 300°C.

Along with the high thermal conductivity, high rigidity, and lightweight features of CFRP, this highly heat resistant material enables MCC to provide innovative application solutions to customers that were previously not possible. With customers are excited to adopt this new heat-resistant CFRP material, the company continues to identifying additional applications. This latest innovation is one example of its focus on developing new products that meet the diversified and complex needs of customers.

About Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, an operating company of the MCHC Group, is Japan’s largest chemical company. The company offers a wide variety of products and solutions in Performance Products and Industrial Materials domains, leveraging its diverse expertise and technology platforms based on chemistry. For more information, visit www.m-chemical.co.jp/en.