Answering the needs of customers with carbon fiber composite materials

Updated on Apr. 7, 2017. The validity of this article may expire without notice.

Japan Atsutoshi Hiramatsu R. & D. Dept.
Toray Carbon Magic Co., Ltd.

  1. Q1. What was your most impressive work?
    It was designing and fabricating winged rockets’ air frame structure, which is currently being developed in The Kyushu Institute of Technology. Because I have been engaged in the project since I was a student and feel a strong attachment to it, I cheered, along with students, when the test rocket was launched.
  2. Q2. What does your company do?
    It designs, develops, and produces carbon fiber composite products by applying and evolving the “monozukuri (craftsmanship)” technology that has been fostered through the development of racing cars.
  3. Q3. What does your department/section do and what work are you in charge of?
    I work in the R. & D. Dept. and design carbon fiber parts. I engage in the planning, manufacturing, and even delivery in order to answer the requests of a wide range of customers such as to do with automobile, medical, and industrial applications.
  4. Q4. What kind of job do you mainly put a lot of effort into?
    The lunar rover created by “HAKUTO,” a team that is commercially taking on the challenge of the space industry as a sole Japanese participant of Google Lunar XPRIZE. I am developing a structure that would withstand harsh environments.
  5. Q5. When do you feel rewarded at work?
    It is when the carbon fiber composite is applied to a new industry or product category for the first time. I do wish that carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) would become a material with a wider range of values.
  6. Q6. What is it that you put a lot of effort into in your personal life?
    My hobby is going out and taking photographs of natural sceneries, night views, and buildings with my favorite single-lens reflex camera.
    On weekends, I go out with my wife, who I married last year, to enjoy the triple set: tourism, taking photographs, and good local food. As a matter of fact, I would like to make carbon fiber composites even at home, but my wife oppose this.