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3rd November 2017, Le Cheylard

Chomarat invests in carbon multiaxial technology

Chomarat has just invested in a new carbon multiaxial machine. © Chomarat Chomarat, an international industrial textiles group, has just invested in a new carbon multiaxial machine. The investment bolsters the Group’s development strategy, in particular in the aerospace and automotive sectors, the company reports.

“This cutting-edge equipment takes the industrialization of high-performance reinforcements to the next level. This new multiaxial machine is ten times more productive than the previous generation of machines. The advantages for customers? Competitive high-performance carbon reinforcements,” said Michel Cognet, Managing Director at Chomarat.

Mass production at competitive prices

Designed for and by Chomarat based on their own technical expertise, the new carbon multiaxial is now being industrialised. Chomarat is focusing its expertise on increasing line productivity and on high-speed carbon fibre placement.

“The idea is to rise to the challenges of mass production in the automotive, aerospace, industrial and sports and leisure sectors. We will be able to produce multiaxial carbon reinforcements (non-crimp fabrics or NCF) using veils or an on-line powder coating,” commented Philippe Sanial, R&T Manager at Chomarat.

It will be possible to produce C-Ply, the Group’s range of high-performance carbon multiaxials, in different widths and in large volume, for constructions that are isotropic or more specific with angles from 22.5° to 90° and thin plies.

Three-year investment plan

This acquisition is part of a EUR 35 million investment plan over three years to accelerate innovation and upgrade Chomarat’s French sites. The plan was announced in mid-2017. “With this new carbon multiaxial, we are boosting our competitive power in France and abroad to meet the needs and requirements of our markets and customers, and also pursuing our innovation strategy,” said Michel Cognet.

The project has received the support of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region and the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund).

Chomarat

Established in 1898, Chomarat is an international industrial textile group, involved in three businesses: Composites Reinforcements, Construction Reinforcements, Coatings & Films–Textiles. The privately held company operates in France, Tunisia, the US and China to service its global customers.

The producer of technical textiles for reinforcement, roofing and moulding applications, is focused on manufacturing products for a number of markets. These include the wind energy market, the oil and gas market, the construction industry and also high-end fabrics that have a cosmetic appeal out of carbon fibre that are used in the automotive market as well as the sports and leisure goods.

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