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Toray Advanced Composites and Joby Aviation Finalize a Long-Term Supply Agreement

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Toray Advanced Composites announces that it has completed a long-term supply agreement with Joby Aviation for the composite material used for its aircraft. The California-based aircraft company will use Toray’s carbon fiber composite materials to bring fast, affordable, and zero-emissions aerial ridesharing to global communities.

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Shown here: In a Joby Aviation composites lab an automated fiber placement (AFP) machine applies composite material used to fabricate aircraft parts. High performance composite materials are essential in making the Joby aircraft lightweight. Location: Joby's Marina, CA facility is the future of manufacturing for Joby. Photographer: John Kaemmerling

Shown here: In a Joby Aviation composites lab an automated fiber placement (AFP) machine applies composite material used to fabricate aircraft parts. High performance composite materials are essential in making the Joby aircraft lightweight. Location: Joby's Marina, CA facility is the future of manufacturing for Joby. Photographer: John Kaemmerling

Electric aircraft require proven materials that have high-strength and are very lightweight. Carbon fiber composite materials provide the strength-to-weight ratio needed for electric aerospace applications in order to maximize the range and speed of the aircraft. Every aspect of Joby’s aircraft is being optimized for maximum utilization for urban transport and high-quality carbon fiber materials are a key component of achieving their goals. Joby selected Toray Advanced Composite materials due to their proven heritage of meeting mechanical and safety requirements in aerospace and high-performance automotive applications.

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

Joby will operate an affordable, quiet, and clean transportation service, using the revolutionary all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft it has spent the last decade developing. With a range of up to 150 miles and a top speed of 200 mph, the vehicle and the service has the potential to make a significant difference to the lives of travelers. Carbon fiber materials are used throughout the vehicle structure, propulsion systems, and interior components.

“We are very pleased to have finalized this important supply agreement with Joby Aviation, a pioneer in the development of the eVTOL,” says Mr. Toshiyuki Kondo, CEO, Toray Advanced Composites. “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 has spent more than a decade developing its aircraft and plans to bring it 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.

About Joby Aviation
Joby Aviation is a California-based aerospace company that is developing and commercializing all-electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (designated by the FAA as the S4) to enable the deployment of fast, quiet, and affordable air taxi services. The company’s 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. Founded in 2009, Joby pioneered the development of eVTOL aircraft and has offices in Santa Cruz, San Carlos, and Marina, California. Find more information at http://www.jobyaviation.com.

About Toray Advanced Composites
Toray Advanced Composites is a leader in the development and production of advanced thermoplastic and thermoset composite materials. The broad product portfolio is incorporated in high performance products for aerospace, space, communications, automotive, consumer, and industrial applications. Toray Advanced Composites has a long heritage of combining state-of-the-art materials technology with world-class technical expertise to deliver a unique customer-centric business model. Production and operation facilities are in North America, Europe, and Asia. Toray Advanced Composites is a subsidiary of the Toray Group. For more information visit, www.toraytac.com

©2020 Toray Advanced Composites. All trademarks are the property of Toray Industries Inc. unless otherwise stated.

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Joby Aviation
Press contact:
Mojgan Khalili, press@joby.aero, 408-489-4015

Toray Advanced Composites
Media Inquiries (North America):
Johanna Beckmen, Director of Marketing USA
t +1 669-888-5416
e j.beckmen@toraytac-usa.com

Media Inquiries (Europe, Middle East):
Jenny Hodgson, Marketing Manager EMEA
t +44 1773 536966
e j.hodgson@toraytac-europe.com

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