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11th October 2016, Knoxville, Tennessee

Formatting very heavy tow LCCF into C-PLY

Representatives of the French textiles and composites group Chomarat will give a paper on how the company’s solutions meet automotive demand, with a specific focus on low-cost advanced composites at the JEC Forums in Knoxville, Tennessee later this week (13-14 October).

The automotive industry needs to rethink its strategy and to innovate to fulfill regulatory CO2 reduction objectives and continuous glass and carbon fibre composites offer a significant advantage in attaining these goals, by enabling the weight of structures to be reduced.

C-PLY produced with very heavy tow carbon fiber from ONRL

Accordingly, Chomarat is working on formatting very heavy tow LCCF (low-cost carbon fibre) into C-PLY and proposes design optimization using low-cost carbon fibre input from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Working together with a tier 1 automotive supplier and ORNL, Chomarat says it can handle these heavy tows and meet many benchmark standards.

“Composites constitute a solution to lower the weight of vehicles, but they must be of economic benefit in a context where each process and each material has to compete to find its place in an appropriate and optimized industrial procedure,” explains Chomarat Group, Managing Director, Michel Cognet.

Chomarat’s solution is C-PLY with LCCF (low-cost carbon fiber) spread plies, which it says combines the most economical performance option with cost effective moulding processes.

“C-PLY used with low-cost fibres, becomes a very attractive reinforcement for markets like automotive, “explains Michel Cognet. “Along with our long-term strategic vision that is sustained by strong partnerships, Chomarat’s ability to adapt and develop technologies, has enabled us to become a major player in composites for the automotive industry.”

Established in 1898, Chomarat is an international industrial textile group, involved in three businesses - composites reinforcements, construction reinforcements, coatings and films - textiles. The privately held company operates in France, Tunisia, the United States and China to service its global customers.

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