Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America Announces Entry Into Advanced Materials Market

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) announced its entry into the advanced composites market with the formation of its NEXX Technologies (NEXX) Advanced Materials Business Unit. NEXX operates within Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America (MGCA), a subsidiary in the United States. With over 100 years experience in producing a wide range of chemical and functional material solutions, MGC has now developed a unique portfolio of advanced composite materials for customers of all sizes and market segments.

"This is a very exciting time for us," expressed MGCA Vice President Shoji Matsukawa. "For many years, we have wanted to participate in theĀ advanced composites market space. In mid-2019, we realized this goal with the opportunity to move our business into the advanced composites arena while staying in line with our strategy focused on the mobility and transportation market sectors." NEXX Technologies will also be introducing a range of thermoset and thermoplastic platforms covering the majority of the performance range. "The focus will be on high-performance segments covering many aerospace, space and urban air mobility applications for both structural and Radome performance," Matsukawa continued.

MGC's new line of composite materials includes modified epoxy platforms that don't require frozen storage. Customers will see immediate cost savings by not needing refrigerated transit, freezer storage, and onerous out-time tracking. "In addition to eliminating out-time restrictions and frozen storage requirements, our prepreg materials utilize a unique architecture allowing for Z-directional breathing, dramatically reducing the need for complicated debulk steps and, in many cases, autoclave processing," shared Joseph Kidd, GM - NEXX Technologies. "As we've entered the market with NT-350, customer feedback has been very positive. We've seen examples of very thick laminates being produced with as many as 34 plies, and achieving less than one percent void content without complicated debulk or autoclave processing. It's an exciting time and we look forward to the future and the success of our customers."

NEXX Technologies Advanced Materials is located in southern California with administrative headquarters within Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America located in NYC. For more information, contact Joe Kidd at jkidd@nexx-technologies.com.

About Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical is one of the numerous independent Mitsubishi Companies and has been leading the way in a wide range of fields, from basic chemicals to fine chemicals and functional materials in the United States since 1984. As a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. in Japan, MGCA has in common the MGC philosophy "to contribute to societal growth and harmony by creating a wide range of values through chemistry."

While MGC focuses on specializing, differentiating, and creating high-performance products that respond to the demands of every marketplace, MGC is able to focus on customers. Through customer service, logistical knowledge, technical assistance and superior products, MGC is here to help and guide its customers into the future. Aligning with the new MGC group vision, "Creating values to share with society," MGC will contribute to customers in this region.

Source: Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America

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