Aldila

ALDILA®, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation. ALDILA® is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of carbon fiber shafts. ALDILA® is a designer, manufacturer and marketer of carbon-based composite products and materials used in various end markets. ALDILA®’s competencies are the development of carbon-based composites and the implementation of manufacturing processes that support the commercialization of these composites. ALDILA® is a vertically integrated supplier of composites across three primary end markets: carbon-based pre-impregnated composite fibers, graphite golf shafts and archery products.

ALDILA® has been a world-leading producer of composite golf shafts since 1972. That’s over 45 years of designing, developing, and launching dozens of shaft brands and manufacturing hundreds of shaft designs — many of which have been played by the world’s best golfers.

We not only manufacture the golf shaft, but now can leverage Mitsubishi Chemical’s global resources, which include all of the critical raw materials that make up the golf shaft including the monomer, acrylic fiber, carbon fiber, resin, and prepreg. This vertical integration advantage means we can leverage our parent company’s strength to make virtually any combination of resins and fibers required to optimize a golf shaft’s design and performance.

The majority of our competitors, work with a relatively limited list of raw materials from a finite number of available suppliers. They typically purchase stock prepreg, which can require designs to be adjusted to the limitations of the available materials. Our ability to make any composition of resin or fiber and combine them into our own prepreg sets us apart from our competition.

We are driven by performance and deliver performance through innovation.


  • Monomers

    Basic raw materials consisting of simple molecular structures (monomers) are combined to produce Acrylonitrile (AN). AN is then polymerized to form polyacrylonitrile (PAN). Mitsubishi Chemical uses the highest grade materials available to create AN and PAN.


  • Precursor

    A solution of PAN is then spun into precursor. The process of creating precursor heavily influences the quality and consistency of the carbon fiber. It is a process in which Mitsubishi Chemical has refined and perfected over the past 60-years.


  • Carbon Fiber

    Precursor is oxidized and carbonized in ovens to produce carbon fiber. Mitsubishi Chemical produces carbon fiber for a variety of different applications and is one of the largest manufacturers of carbon fiber in the world.


  • Resins

    Mitsubishi Chemical has developed many different resin systems that posses a variety of mechanical properties (e.g. high-heat resistance, strength, toughness).


  • Prepreg

    Carbon fibers are impregnated with resin to produce ready-to-mold material in sheet form. Mitsubishi Chemical produces a variety of different types of prepreg for many different applications (e.g. aerospace, sporting goods, etc.).

  • Golf Shafts

    Different types of prepreg are then cut into specific patterns and rolled to create a composite golf shaft. Mitsubishi Chemical has over 20-years of experience in designing and developing premium, performance oriented golf shafts.

     

The majority of our material technologies are developed in-house at ALDILA® Composites Division in Poway, California, our design and innovation labs in Toyohashi, Japan, or within the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group. Over the years, we have pushed the limits of composite design and innovation, creating revolutionary technology breakthroughs that include:

  • DIALEAD Pitch Fiber (Graphitic Carbon Fiber)

    DIALEAD® Pitch Fiber (Graphitic Carbon Fiber) is known for its outstanding strength and energy transfer properties – which helps minimize unwanted shaft deformation throughout the golf swing. While more costly and difficult to manufacture, the pitch fiber we are using is much stronger than traditional carbon fiber. All prepreg used in our shafts is developed and produced by Mitsubishi Chemical, or our trusted partners, giving us precise control over every step of the process.

  • Graphene Infused Resin

    In its purest state, Graphene is 100% carbon – which is up to 300 times stronger than structural steel and 20 times stronger than carbon fiber. It’s processed into multi-layer nanoscopic platelets that are then added to different resin systems, strengthening the prepreg material used in shafts.

  • High Balance Point

    By using innovative materials and creating slightly thicker walls toward the butt-end of the shaft we raised the balance point of the shaft which creates the potential for lighter swing weights, increased head-speed and distance.

  • Hyperbolic Flex Technology (HFT)

    Hyperbolic Flex Technology has been designed to maximize hybrid/iron shaft performance and consistency by developing a frequency progression system throughout the long-mid-short irons. This innovative shaft frequency progression system is optimized by flex for a desired shot trajectory that is consistent in long irons all the way down to wedge. 

  • Ion Plating

    The Ion Plating process creates a sophisticated, premium finish that cannot be achieved just by applying paint. The shaft is put into a vacuum chamber where chrome or silver alloy ions are fused to the shaft. It’s a more costly, time consuming process but it creates a stunning finish that we think is worth the extra time.

  • Multi-Axial Material Bias Angle (MAMBA®) Technology

    Multi-Axial Material Bias Angle (MAMBA®) Technology places a high-tech, flat weave material on the shaft’s lower half exterior, where the most twisting occurs during the swing and at impact. MAMBA® Technology improves torsional stability and spin control where it’s needed the most.

  • NexGen Micro-Laminate Technology® (MLT)

    ALDILA®’s NexGen Micro Laminate Technology® (MLT) utilizes ultra-thin layers of premium aerospace-grade materials. Shafts with MLT use up to twice as many prepreg plies as alternative shafts, producing a stable, solid laminate void of “dead zones”. This design revolution eliminates inconsistent shots caused by shaft variability, while enhancing feel.

  • Reverse Inter-Laminar Placement (R.I.P.) Technology

    ALDILA®’s Reverse Inter-Laminar Placement (R.I.P.) Technology incorporates computer modeling and exclusive materials provided by Mitsubishi Chemical — letting our engineers reimagine shaft design and performance to create a revolutionary shaft bearing optimum flex and torque characteristics while yielding incredible feel and shot control.

  • S-Core Technology

    S-Core Technology uses an innovative, internal carbon fiber ribbing system to prevent unwanted shaft deformation during a golf swing. By maintaining shaft symmetry and stability throughout the swing, S-Core Technology delivers more accuracy and energy transfer.