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Toray Acquires Remaining Shares in French Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Venture

Tokyo, Jan 20, 2012 (JCN) - Toray Industries Inc. has purchased the 30% shares of Arkema in Societe des Fibres de Carbone S.A. (SOFICAR), a subsidiary engaged in manufacturing and sales of carbon fibers in France, to make it into a wholly owned subsidiary. Along with the purchase of the remaining stake, Toray is renaming SOFICAR as Toray Carbon Fibers Europe S.A. (CFE) to show its strong commitment to European customers and end-users as the Toray group company.

SOFICAR was established in 1982 as a joint venture with Elf Aquitaine (35% by Toray and 65% by Elf Aquitaine). Since Toray increased its stake to 70% in 1988, SOFICAR has been expanding its business as the strategic base of Toray's carbon fiber composite materials business in Europe. SOFICAR currently has a carbon fiber production capacity of 5,200 tons a year.

After making the company into a wholly owned subsidiary, Toray plans to further accelerate its move to establish the integrated value chain of carbon fiber Torayca and expand the business through installing new production lines of raw material fiber (precursor) and prepreg for aircraft applications in the future, as well as further expansion of carbonization capacity.

By Chris Lui Staff Writer

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