CHOMARAT (Anderson, S.C.), a specialist in textile reinforcements for composites, is continuing to develop its advanced composites and carbon activities with the opening of an additional plant that will be fully equipped with new manufacturing equipment.
The company is building a new 58,500-ft² plant in South Carolina, dedicated to the development of CHOMARAT’s advanced composite activities. It will open during the first quarter 2014 and will produce trademarked C-PLY spread multiaxial reinforcements by mid year.
The South Carolina site will initially be equipped with a new LIBA MAX5 100-inch machine (variable width) for producing spread-tow carbon multiaxials. It will be the second LIBA MAX 5 machine operated by the company, in addition to the first installed at CHOMARAT in France. The state-of-the-art machine will help boost CHOMARAT’s development in the carbon markets and complement the spread/non-spread carbon fabric offerings already available in France and Asia. These new capabilities will enable CHOMARAT to propose its innovative composite solutions in the North American industrial, automotive and aerospace markets.
This investment in the United States is part of a process that began in 2011 when CHOMARAT launched trademarked C-PLY in partnership with a group of manufacturers and academics. The partnership continues to be based on the research of Stanford University’s Prof. Steven Tsai that suggests it is possible to design and build better composite parts by escaping the rules of standard, quasi-isotropic "black aluminium" laminate construction. C-Ply is the industrial embodiment of that concept that can simultaneously reduce weight and manufacturing cost, which ultimately leads to composite structures that are more competitive.
More information will be available at JEC AMERICAS, Boston Convention Center, Stand K22, from October 2 - 4. CHOMARAT will speak at three conferences during the show: AUTOMOTIVE: Thursday, 3 October, 10:00 am; AEROSPACE: Thursday, 3 October, 1:30 pm; and CARBON: Friday, 4 October, 9:00 am.
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