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Boeing, Airbus suppliers Toray and Teijin shake off COVID chill

Japanese aircraft materials makers boost production as air travel recovers

Boeing 737 Max airplanes in Seattle, U.S. The number of air passengers is expected to overtake pre-pandemic figures in 2024.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Aircraft materials production has started to pull out of a pandemic stall for Japanese suppliers including Toray Industries and Teijin, emboldened by forecasts of passenger numbers climbing above pre-COVID levels in 2024.

Toray, the world's leading producer of carbon fiber materials for planes, plans to resume aircraft-related shipments from its plant in the U.S. state of South Carolina by the end of the year. The material goes into carbon fiber-reinforced polymers expected to be used in the wings and body of the Boeing 787.

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