European Toray Unit obtains ISCC certification for carbon fiber production plants

This certification allows the company to allocate and use biomass or recycled materials through the mass balance approach

Toray Industries, Inc. announced that its French subsidiary, Toray Carbon Fibers Europe S.A., has obtained ISCC PLUS certification for its Lacq and Abidos production plants in South-West France . This certification allows Toray Carbon Fibers Europe to allocate and use biomass or recycled materials through the mass balance approach to produce and supply carbon fiber. Thus, Toray Carbon Fibers Europe now has the ability to reduce the Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) of its carbon fiber, prepreg, and other offerings and help its customers to enhance product Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) while contributing to building a circular economy.

The ISCC PLUS, International Sustainability & Carbon Certification’s (ISCC) a voluntary certification program, guarantees that the raw materials used are sourced from biomass or recycled materials. It also ensures that there is complete traceability at all stages of the manufacturing process of a product. The mass balance approach tracks the amount and sustainability characteristics of circular and bio-based materials used in the value chain and it is based on verifiable record. This scheme is open to several sectors such as the food, feed, chemicals, plastics, packaging and textile industries.

Toray Carbon Fibers Europe will start manufacturing carbon fiber derived from biomass and recycled raw materials by the end of 2023⁵. In addition, Toray’s Ehime Plant in Japan aims to obtain ISCC PLUS certification by March 2024 and begin producing fiber by the close of that year. In the USA, the carbon fiber facility of Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. in Decatur, Alabama, also plans to obtain this certification in 2024. With these three locations obtaining certification, the Toray Group intends to manufacture carbon fiber using biomass or recycled raw materials at plants in Japan, the United States, and Europe, ensuring stable supplies to customers around the globe.


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