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Message from the Chairman

Message (The Japan Carbon Fiber Manufacturers Association)

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 The Japan Carbon Fiber Manufacturers Association (JCMA), currently a committee in the Japan Chemical Fibers Association (JCFA), was established in 1978 as the Japan Carbon Fiber Conference with the aim of contributing to the development of the carbon fiber industry in Japan. After that, the organization was renamed the Japan Carbon Fiber Manufacturers Association (JCMA) in 1988, and merged into the Japan Chemical Fibers Association (JCFA) in 2014. JCMA now continues to conduct activities as a committee in JCFA and actively supports the healthy and sustainable growth of the carbon fiber industry.

 Since their commercial launch in the 1970s, carbon fibers have been used for a wide range of applications that take advantage of their light weight and high strength. Carbon fibers are currently indispensable for further sustainable industrial development, especially in view of increasing demand for green technologies for a new age in various fields. Such promising carbon fiber applications include structural elements and engine parts of next-generation aircraft, reinforcements that will help produce larger wind power turbine blades, and reinforcements for natural gas and hydrogen tanks used in automobiles.

 To take a prominent example of recent trends, the UN General Assembly in September 2015 adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as international development goals for the year 2030. We will contribute to the achievement of the SDGs by further promoting the development of carbon fibers, processing technologies for them, and their applications. To promptly respond to such needs of the present and the future, we as members of JCMA will continue to conduct activities for the healthy growth of the carbon fiber industry. We look forward to your continued understanding and support.

 We will popularize carbon fiber, which is an excellent advanced material, and contribute to the industrial development of Japan and the world. We believe it is an important role for us to contribute to environmental protection, to prevent global warming, and to realize a sustainable society. We will continue to deepen our cooperation among our members and with related parties, and we will continue to work on activities to promote the healthy development of the carbon fiber industry. Your continued understanding and kind support will always be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

July, 2019
Toshiya Koyama
Chairman, Japan Carbon Fiber Manufacturers Association