Daimler, Japan’s Toray to form carbon-fibre parts JV

Daimler, Japan’s Toray to form carbon-fibre parts JV

Tokyo: Daimler AG and Japanese textile maker Toray Industries will form a joint venture to produce and sell lightweight carbon fibre parts aimed at improving the fuel economy of cars, they said on Monday.

The announcement follows the companies’ joint development agreement last April in the area of vehicle weight reduction, where competition is intensifying as a way to boost fuel efficiency in automobiles.

Shares of Toray, Japan’s top maker of synthetic fibres, jumped as much as 4.5% after the news, before closing up 4.0% at ¥553 in Tokyo. The benchmark Nikkei average rose 0.7%.

The new venture, to be capitalised at €825,000 ($1.12 million) and established in March, will be held 50.1% by Toray, 44.9% by Daimler and 5.0% by others.

Toray and Daimler had said in April they would jointly develop carbon fibre car parts, to be used first in Mercedes-Benz’s SL Class in 2012.