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Japan, France to cooperate in recycling of carbon fiber

  • September 24, 2019
  • , Nikkei , p. 3
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The Japanese and French governments will work together on the development of carbon fiber recycling technology. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will partner with the French government and Airbus, a European multinational company, to create a framework in which Japanese firms can also participate. Lightweight and durable, carbon fiber is the focus of attention for its potential use in next-generation aircraft. Japan and France are looking to spearhead the development of a large-scale carbon fiber recycling framework as no such framework exists yet.


METI will co-host a meeting in Nagoya for Japanese businesses with the French government and Airbus on Sept. 25 and announce their collaboration in the environment sector, including the recycling of carbon fiber.


METI will solicit the participation of Japanese firms, including carbon fiber manufacturers. By closely working with universities, it aims to build a system that can process used carbon fiber for reuse in aircraft and automobiles at a low cost. (Abridged)

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