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29th May 2018, Paris

Chomarat awarded AS 9100 certification

Chomarat North America has been awarded an AS 9100 certification. Chomarat Group’s US facility that specialises in Advanced Composites reinforcements is located in Williamston, SC. The new certification covers aerospace quality management systems and follows the Group’s development strategy relative to quality and risk management.

“Our North American plant’s new AS 9100 certification proves our organisational maturity and provides a vital asset to enable us to become a leading aerospace supplier,” said Michel Cognet, Group Managing Director at Chomarat.

C-Ply. © Chomarat

With this certification, Chomarat North America is following in the footsteps of the Group’s French plants that were certified to ES 9100 in 2012. The facility now meets the strict criteria set by the market for high performance composites reinforcements for the aerospace industry. The quality system and risk management standards are recognised by purchasers worldwide and is in line with the Group’s growth strategy for the aerospace market, the company says.

“We are proud of this AS 9100 certification that clearly demonstrates our commitment to quality management and reliability. This accomplishment now allows us to compete as an international aerospace supplier from multiple continents,” commented Brian Laufenberg, President of Chomarat’s NA business.

Chomarat has already made a name for itself in the aerospace market with fabrics, tapes and multiaxial carbon reinforcements, particularly its C-Ply range. These materials are designed for primary and secondary structures, as well as aircraft interior parts. These modular materials have been developed to offer great angle and ply flexibility and open up new opportunities for designing lighter, more efficient and lower cost composite parts.

This is why C-Ply was recently chosen by VX Aerospace for its foldaway drone, which can be stowed inside a cylindrical container and deployed from a tactical aircraft. The carbon multiaxial material is used in the construction of the wing, the horizontal stabilizers, the vertical fin and all of the control surfaces. “There is no better material. The extremely thin multiaxial reinforcement is perfect, because strength and stiffness are tailored according to demand. It offers extremely high performance at a reduced cost,” said VX Aerospace Chief Engineer Bob Skillen.

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. It offers technical know-how and mastery of complex technologies in fields ranging from automotive, aerospace, sports, energy, marine, construction, and also in markets requiring creativity and expertise, like luxury goods.

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