17th October 2013, Tokyo
Just two days after launching its Sereebo carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastics (CFRTP) brand, Teijin has announced that Sereebo has been selected for use in the structural parts of Nikon’s new D5300 digital SLR camera, which is being released today. This is the first time Sereebo has been adopted for a commercial product.
Made with Sereebo CFRTP, which is said to offer outstanding strength and high conductivity, the camera’s structural parts achieve high strength and electromagnetic shielding. Also, Nikon says, the surface is extra smooth and has no carbon fibre ‘bosses’ thanks to Teijin’s superior resin-processing technologies.
Camera bodies and internal structural parts requiring strength commonly are made of metal but plastics reinforced with chopped carbon fibre are used as a substitute to lower weight, but the short length of the chopped carbon fibres has apparently made it difficult to take advantage of the strength and other unique features of carbon fibres.
By utilizing Teijin’s intermediate materials and processing technologies for the high-volume production of CFRTP components, however, Nikon has devised an innovative solution in collaboration with Teijin.
Teijin is accelerating its development of applications for Sereebo-branded CFRTP composites for mass-production products such as precision equipment, consumer electronics as well as cars requiring both strength and reduced weight. The company aims to become a global leader in the development of advanced solutions incorporating carbon fibers composites, targeting annual sales of JPY 150 to 200 billion (USD 1.5 to 2.0 billion) by around 2020.
Niukon’s D5300 is said to have the best image quality and definition in its class enabled by an effective pixel count of 24.2 million pixels, no optical low-pass filter, and the new EXPEED 4 image-processing engine. The camera is an entry-level model equipped with a vari-angle monitor, and the first Nikon digital SLR camera to offer built-in Wi-Fi and GPS functions.