An automated fiber placement (AFP) machine applies composite material used to fabricate aircraft parts in a composites lab at Joby Aviation. (Photographer: John Kaemmerling)

MORGAN HILL, Calif. —Toray Advanced Composites recently completed a long-term supply agreement with Joby Aviation for the composite material used for Joby’s aircraft. The California-based aircraft company will use Toray’s carbon fiber composite materials to help fulfill its vision of bringing fast, affordable, and zero-emissions aerial ridesharing to global communities, according to a release from the companies.

Joby selected Toray Advanced Composite materials because of its history of meeting mechanical and safety requirements in aerospace and high-performance automotive applications, the company said in the release.

“Toray’s prepreg carbon fiber systems provide unparalleled specific strength and toughness, which have enabled Joby to develop aircraft with unprecedented capabilities,” said JoeBen Bevirt, founder and CEO, Joby Aviation, in the release. “We are incredibly proud to be working with Toray as we certify this aircraft and look forward to building a long-lasting partnership.”

Electric aircraft require proven materials that combine high strength with light weight. According to Joby Aviation, carbon fiber composite materials provide the strength-to-weight ratio needed for electric aerospace applications to maximize the range and speed of the aircraft.

High-quality carbon fiber materials are a key component of achieving the company’s goals for urban transport.

Joby plans to operate “an affordable, quiet, and clean transportation service,” using the all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft that the company has been developing over the last decade. The aircraft is reported to have a range of up to 150 miles and a top speed of 200 mph. Carbon fiber materials are used throughout the vehicle structure, propulsion systems, and interior components, the company said.

“We are very pleased to have finalized this important supply agreement with Joby Aviation, a pioneer in the development of the eVTOL,” said Toshiyuki Kondo, CEO of Toray Advanced Composites, in the release. “As children, we dreamed of being able to fly to a destination in a fraction of the time it would take to drive. That is no longer a fantasy. The electric air taxi is becoming a reality and we at Toray are perfectly positioned to meet the industry’s needs today and in the future. It’s a very exciting time.”

Joby Aviation plans to bring its aircraft into commercial operation as early as 2023. “By combining years of development with a world-class team and now a leading carbon fiber composite supplier, Joby is well-positioned to deliver on the promise of aerial ridesharing,” the company said in the release.

Joby Aviation (http://www.jobyaviation.com) is developing and commercializing all-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (designated by the FAA as the S4) to enable the deployment of what it described as “fast, quiet, and affordable air taxi services.” The company said its mission is to “deliver people to their destination five times faster than driving would, reduce urban congestion, and accelerate the shift to sustainable modes of transit.”

Toray Advanced Composites (www.toraytac.com) is a developer and producer of advanced thermoplastic and thermoset composite materials. The company has production and operation facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. Its materials are incorporated in high performance products for a variety of aerospace, space, communications, automotive, consumer, and industrial applications.

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