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Mark Gunther, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, MCA
Mitsubishi Chemical and Aldila are among the world’s biggest manufacturers of carbon-based composite shafts and operate in the United States under the umbrella of MCA Golf, Inc.
In 2013, Aldila, Inc. was acquired by Mitsubishi Chemical and, today, both brands operate out of the same corporate headquarters in Carlsbad, California. Together, the brands share over 768 driver shaft wins on all major tours since 2004 and have supported more than 90% of major wins in the past three years.
MCA Golf is unique in that it is vertically integrated.
Shafts are made from scratch, creating all the core raw materials that make up the end product including the monomer, acrylic fiber, carbon fiber, resin, and prepeg. Indeed, Mitsubishi Chemical has developed over 1,000 different formulations of resin and over 100 types of fiber in the past 30 years for use in applications ranging from aero-space to premium golf shafts.
Mitsubishi Chemical’s most popular models include Diamana, TENSEI, Kuro Kage, and Fubuki and are widely used on professional tours by the best players in the world. In late 2019, Mitsubishi Chemical introduced the patent-pending Metal Mesh Technology for use in their new MMT line of composite core, steel-reinforced iron shafts.
Originally founded in 1972 by the so-called “Thomas Edison of Golf,” Jim Flood, Aldila now spans three primary end markets: carbon-based pre-impregnated composite fibers, graphite golf shafts, and archery products (Victory Archery).
Taking its name from an Italian song of the 1960s that translates roughly into “far beyond,” the company continues to innovate for important OEM partners and expand in the custom-fit golf shaft aftermarket. Popular shaft offerings include the latest ROGUE 130 M.S.I. Series, NV & NVS, RIP, Quaranta, and Tour Series.
Aldila’s 2013 absorption by Mitsubishi Rayon was a significant move in the company’s recent history. The numbers bear out Aldila’s primacy on tour and the Victory acquisition adds a measure of diversification to the company’s portfolio.
Additionally, existence under the Mitsubishi umbrella offers both the physical and capital resources of Mitsubishi Chemical and its shafts.
Aldila holds the noteworthy distinction of being the first graphite shaft brand to be offered as the stock option on a major OEM’s driver: Callaway’s 1991 “Big Bertha with Aldila.”