Based on a contract with Axiom Materials (California, USA), we have focused on supporting the production of NITE prepreg sheets for SiC-based composite materials at Axiom Materials, and we have suspended orders other than small-scale sales of inventory due to major constraints in production activities amid the corona disaster but will begin receiving orders for the following products from April 1, 2019, following the turnaround in the situation.
At present, there are problems such as rebuilding the production system, and it may not always be able to meet expectations, and there is a possibility that we will not be able to meet expectations in terms of delivery.
Intermediate materials for NITE composites:
For structural formation of SiC fiber strengthening and C fiber strengthening
unidirectional fiber strengthening and two-way fiber strengthening (including woven fabrics reinforcements)
Note: SiC fibers and C fibers used are basically determined, but will respond to requests as much as possible.
The specifications of woven fabrics is negotiable to the extent available.
C/SiC composite materials:
SiC/SiC composite materials:
plates, blocks, bars, tubes
Note: Currently, SiC/SiC nuclear fuel claddings are only for domestic use. The requests overseas will be responded after confirming that an export permission is available.
NITE Cooperation (Headquarters: Muroran, Japan) provides the Know-How and technical guidance of NITE to AXIOM in response to AXIOM’s acquisition of the permission to use the NITE Law Patent (owned by JST), whose CEO Akira Kohyama is the inventor. On June 11, 2020, the technical cooperation agreement to develop green sheets (Green-sheet) and prepreg sheets (Prepreg-sheets), which are intermediate materials for C/SiC and SiC/SiC composite, was established.
Under this agreement, AXIOM will develop the production and development of green sheets and prepreg sheets, which are intermediate materials for C/SiC, SiC/SiC composites under the NITE method, based on NITE’s technical disclosures.
The large-scale production line has already been almost completed, and we plan to start the production line operation in the 4th quarter of 2020 when it is expected that some delivery delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be resolved.
AXIOM has a dominant market share of oxide-based ceramic composite prepregs in the United States and is a major contributor to the global market share of the parent company Kordsa (Headquarters Istanbul, Turkey). With this agreement, Kordsa and AXIOM are very close to realizing their global strategy as the world’s No. 1 manufacturer in the field of ceramic composite materials.
NITE Co., Ltd. has secured exclusive sales rights in Japan, China, South Korea, and Taiwan, and aims to actively expand its business in the next fiscal year and beyond.
Nite products SiC/SiC composite materials have been developed with the support of public funds from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and the NITE Act was developed and patented by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s CREST project “Development research on composite functional materials for low environmental impact energy” (1997-2002: Kyoto University Institute of Energy Science and Technology, Research Representative: Akira Kayama). Major support has continued with research funds for innovative nuclear system development-related budgets and new energy material development, such as geothermal development. The practical application of the NITE method was promoted through the activities of IEST Co., Ltd, a spin-off company in the Kyoto University era, and with the support of Gunze. NITE Co., Ltd. was established in 2017.
During this period, the Organization of Advanced Sustainability Initiative for Energy System/Material (OASIS)） was established at Muroran Institute of Technology in 2010, and large-scale research and development has been carried out in parallel based on public funding.
Axiom, a specialist in the development and supply of oxide/oxide CMC prepregs for aerospace and industrial applications, is to develop a line of carbon/SiC and SiC/SiC composite intermediates under license from JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency) and NITE (Nano-Infiltration and Transient Eutectic-phase) Corporation of Japan. This will allow Axiom to expand its offerings over a complete spectrum of CMC materials for aerospace and industrial structural applications with service temperatures to 1400°C.
Axiom Materials is expanding its CMC product portfolio with Carbon/SiC and SiC/SiC composite products for aerospace and industrial markets under a new technology license. JST, the key governmental agency for Science and Technology in Japan which was ranked fourth place in the World’s Most Innovative Research Institutions at Reuter’s “Top 25 Global Innovators 2017”, and NITE Corporation, providing the most advanced C/SiC and SiC/SiC Composites, and a spin-off company from the R & D activities of Kohyama Laboratory at Kyoto University, University of Tokyo, and Muroran Institute of Technology, are the licensors of the technology.
In addition to the Oxide/Oxide CMC prepregs for aerospace and industrial applications requiring service temperatures to 1100° C under stress, Axiom Materials will now be able to participate in a wider segment of the high temperature market. Introduction of C/SiC and SiC/SiC products under license from JST and NITE will allow Axiom to expand its offerings for aerospace and industrial structural applications with service temperatures to 1400° C. The expanded portfolio will also put Axiom Materials in a lead position to supply SiC/SiC materials for scientific and industrial nuclear plant applications where NITE technology has achieved a global recognition.
Static components of jet engines and automotive or aircraft disk brake applications are among the main areas that C/SiC composites are used for. Aerospace applications of SiC/SiC materials include aircraft jet engine power systems, rocket engine components requiring excellent resistance to high temperature, creep, high corrosion/erosion in a complex static and dynamic stress/strain environment, whereas industrial applications of SiC/SiC composites are found in nuclear energy, petro-chemical industry, chemical, geothermal and combustion plants, and transportation.
Axiom was acquired by Kordsa in early 2018, a former supplier and technical partner of the company in the field of textile reinforcement technologies. Axiom’s merger with Kordsa, a worldwide leader in reinforcement technologies from Turkey, brought together Axiom’s material innovation and Kordsa’s operational expertise, and both companies continue to scale the business in advanced composite material technologies.
Highlighting their commitment to growth in the market, Johnny Lincoln, Ph.D., President of Axiom Materials stated:
“Having invested for the scaled commercialization of OxOx CMC composite materials, the JST and NITE agreements bring us composite material technologies that are compatible with our equipment, expertise, and test capabilities. We are excited to bring these technologies to maturity in the high-temperature advanced composites market.”
Raj Dhawan, Senior Vice President of Business Development of Axiom Materials underlined Axiom’s strong market presence and added:
“The introduction of these advanced composite capabilities put Axiom Materials in a comprehensive leadership position for CMCs, inclusive of those for the highest temperature applications they perform to. We are honored to join with JST and NITE to become their technical partner in expanding the product lines together.”
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