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1st June 2017, Le Cheylard

Chomarat to develop new generation of multiaxial carbon fabrics

Chomarat stand at Advanced Engineering 2016. © Inside CompositesChomarat, a leading specialist in textile reinforcements for composites, has brought Solvay, Mécanium and the University of Nantes together for the joint NCF HP² project to develop a new generation of multiaxial carbon fabrics, along with the associated textile processes for producing thermoset composites parts for the aerospace and automotive industries.

Chomarat is sponsoring the project, which has a budget of EUR 4 million and has obtained seal of approval from the Techtera, Axelera and Viameca competitive clusters.

“We are embarking on a 42-month adventure with our partners. Our group sets great store by the cross-pollination that occurs in collaborative projects. That is an integral part of our innovation strategy. The solutions that are developed will provide answers in terms of mechanical properties, weight lowering, and cost-effectiveness, which are priority criteria in aerospace and automotive,” concludes Chomarat Group R&T Director Philippe Sanial.

The international textile group is also boosting its innovation strategy by joining the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield, UK. As the first textile producer to join the AMRC, Chomarat says it is developing the technologies and processes of the future to help the composites industry become more competitive vis-à-vis metallic solutions.

“Now that composites have demonstrated their technical performance, we must also demonstrate their technical and economic relevance. Joining the AMRC gives us the opportunity to pass along our vision, and also to work with key players like Boeing, Rolls-Royce, and Airbus in developing the technologies of the future,” said Chomarat Group Managing Director Michel Cognet.

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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