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Toray Industries, the world leader in carbon fiber production, has been active in Europe for more than thirty years, manufacturing and marketing TORAYCA carbon fiber solutions through its French subsidiary, which was the first company of the Group to work in this sector outside Japan.

Toray Industries' long-term vision, its globalisation strategy and its international reach, with four production sites in Japan, France, the USA and Korea, have enabled it to establish itself as a global player in the Composites industry. It offers real partnership opportunities to major industry stakeholders through worldwide organisations.

Its drive for innovation, its ambition and capacity for investment have played a major part in the creation of a wide, differentiated range of products to meet the varying needs of the aeronautics and space markets, but other industrial markets too : energy, automotive, civil engineering, plus the sport and leisure market.

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Legion of Honour for the President of Toray Industries

On October 11th, President of Toray Industries, Mr. Akihiro Nikkaku received in Paris, on behalf of President of the French Republic, the insignia of Knight of the Legion of Honour from Mr. René Ricarrère, Honorary Mayor of Orthez, former Vice President the Aquitaine Regional Council, and officer of the Legion of Honour, in the presence of the Japanese Ambassador in France, Mr. Masato Kitera.

Almost 140 people attended the ceremony, including some major customers of Toray Carbon Fibers Europe and Toray Films Europe as well as political figures of the two regions where the group is present in France.

In his speech, Mr. Ricarrère recalled the major investments made in France by the Toray Group through its subsidiaries and has highlighted the potential for excellence offered by the Lacq basin for future projects of the Toray group.

He also touched on this occasion a message from Prime Minister Manuel Valls who praised the commitment of President Nikkaku for France and invited him to continue and strengthen this remarkable cooperation.

Mr. Nikkaku emphasized the immense privilege that represents for him this distinction and sees an encouragement to continue to work towards the development of Toray's operations in France and the promotion of Franco-Japanese exchanges.

He further wished to associate with this Legion of Honour 45 000 employees of the Toray group in the world and especially all the staff of the French subsidiaries of Toray: CFE (Abidos, Lacq, Paris sites) and TFE (St Maurice de Beynost), France being one of the most important countries in the framework of Toray’s international strategy.

Best Wishes

Toray CFE wishes you the best for this new year: good health, happiness and prosperity in 2017!