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Oji to churn out plant-derived carbon fiber alternative

Oji's cellulose nanofiber sheet can be folded into shapes like this origami crane.

TOKYO -- Oji Holdings will begin mass production next year of a lightweight plant-derived material that can replace carbon fiber in many applications.

Cellulose nanofiber weighs a fifth as much as steel but is more than five times as strong. The company is eyeing such applications as automobiles, aircraft and organic light-emitting diode displays.

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