Strategic partnership with Japanese MaruHachi

Aachen, Germany and Fukui, Japan, July 3rd 2017


AMAC: Strategic Partnership with Japanese thermoplastic composites material manufacturer MaruHachi for new business developments in Europe

As of July 1st, 2017, the Japan-based thermoplastic composites material developer and manufacturer MaruHachi Group expands its activities into the European market in cooperation with Dr. Michael Effing (AMAC GmbH) who will advise and support the company strategically.

The established, family-owned MaruHachi Group has a strong history in automotive and medical textiles and has been active in the innovative composites market for more than 10 years. The aim of the cooperation between MaruHachi and AMAC is the strategic development of new business opportunities in Europe, particularly for applications in the field of sports and leisure, consumer goods, electronics and electricity, building and infrastructure as well as transportation like aviation, automotive and train sector.

Toshi Sugahara, General Manager of MaruHachi: „We believe that the cooperation with AMAC will show good results in the establishment of our European presence. We are happy to benefit from Dr. Effing ́s longterm experience as a pioneer in the composites industry, developing TEPEX ® thermoplastic composites sheets at DuPont in the 1990s and his high-quality network. With our products, we want to contribute to significant weight reductions of the final product, thus improve energy efficieny while offering a cost-efficient and high-quality solution.“

Dr. Effing, CEO of AMAC GmbH confirms: „MaruHachi is a specialty manufacturer of small-size tailor-made thermoplastic composite components in form of tapes and so-called organo-sheets, who develops products using various polymer types, ranging from polypropylene to high temperature PEEK and the traditional fiber systems of glass, carbon and aramids. I am very pleased to support and advise MaruHachi with the introduction to the highly innovative and most advanced European thermoplastic composites sector. Especially MaruHachi ́s products like tapes, sheets and near-ne