OceanGate Press Release

OceanGate Selects Toray Composite Materials America as the Preferred Provider of Prepreg Carbon Fiber for Deep-Sea Submersible Hull

The material selection comes following the announcement that OceanGate and NASA have entered into an agreement to collaborate on the development, manufacturing and testing of new carbon fiber pressure vessels.
March 23, 2020

EVERETT, WASHINGTON – OceanGate Inc., a provider of manned submersible services has selected industry leader, Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. (CMA), as the preferred provider of aerospace grade prepreg carbon fiber material for use in the manufacturing of a new carbon fiber pressure vessels for use in deep-sea manned submersibles.

Toray Industries Inc. began researching carbon fiber in 1961, ten years later they began commercial production. Today they are world’s largest supplier of carbon fiber and the leader in providing fibers for numerous aircraft, including the Boeing 787.

CMA has been a long-time trusted supplier to the aerospace industry and is a world-leader in the development and innovation of prepreg composite materials. Their experienced team and extensive knowledge of composite materials will play a critical role as we develop the next generation of manned submersible, to usher in a new era of exploration using aerospace quality composites, commented OceanGate CEO, Stockton Rush.
In order to provide the most effective solutions to build equipment for new markets, like the deep oceans of the Blue Economy, we must use high performance composite materials in equipment designs that can withstand extremely high external pressures, target depth will be 4500 meters below sea level, where the hull will withstand pressures of 6600psi. This project with OceanGate is one that not only allows us to use our materials in a new way, but to also provide technology that will help advance the understanding of our planet and the vast unexplored regions below the surface of Earth’s oceans said CMA Vice President of Industrial Sales, Philip Schell.

Production of the new pressure vessels is scheduled to begin later this year.

About Toray Composite Materials America, Inc.:

Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. (CMA) is a subsidiary of Toray Industries, Inc. (Toray). Toray has contributed to society through the creation of new value and addressed global challenges by delivering high value-add products including fibers and textiles, resins and films, and carbon fiber composite materials. Toray operates in 26 countries and regions with more than 48,000 employees worldwide.

In April 2017, Toray Composites (America), Inc. established in 1992 and Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc. established in 1997 merged to create our company today. CMA is a leading innovator and supplier of carbon fiber materials and high quality advanced composite Prepreg. CMA serves the needs of aircraft, recreational, and industrial markets.

For more information about Toray, please visit www.toray.com and visit www.toraycma.com for more information regarding CMA.