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Toray to supply carbon composites for Lilium Jet

Toray Industries will supply high-performance carbon fiber composite material to Lilium for use in the eVTOL Lilium Jet, the companies announced this week.

eVTOL Lilium Jet - overhead view
Toray’s carbon fiber composites have been used on aircraft including the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Now, Toray composites will play a critical role in the eVTOL Lilium Jet. Lilium Photo

The material will be used to construct the primary structures of the five-seat, all-electric Lilium Jet, including its fuselage, wings, and flaps. Toray will initially provide the material directly to Lilium for use in the production of additional technology demonstrators. Future deliveries will go to suppliers who will manufacture parts for prototypes and serial production.

“Securing this supply agreement marks an important step in the maturity of our supply chain and in our preparations for serial production,” stated Daniel Wiegand, Lilium’s co-founder and CEO, in a press release.

The agreement also lays the groundwork for further collaboration between Toray and Lilium — both in the provision of other high-performance materials and the establishment of research and development partnerships, the companies said.

According to Lilium chief program officer Yves Yemsi, “We look forward to developing a close collaboration with Toray in the years ahead and to building a resilient and agile supply chain for the Lilium Jet, together with other well-established and reliable aerospace suppliers across different fields of technology.”

Last month, Lilium announced $35 million in funding from the investment management firm Baillie Gifford, bringing the German eVTOL developer’s total investment to date to more than $375 million, and its reported valuation to over $1 billion. Lilium said the additional investment will support further development of the Lilium Jet as well as preparations for serial production in its newly completed manufacturing facilities.

The company is currently preparing its second full-scale technology demonstrator for flight testing, after its first demonstrator was destroyed in a fire that broke out during ground maintenance activities in February. Lilium previously told eVTOL.com that its investigation into the incident “did not raise any fundamental issues with our design or technology,” but instead highlighted the importance of mature processes — now a focus for the company as it works towards a final, serial aircraft design.

Lilium is targeting the launch of commercial air taxi operations using its Lilium Jet in 2025. The company also recently shared its vision for modular eVTOL vertiports to enable a fast-scaling regional transportation network.

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