Chomarat (Le Cheylard, France; Anderson, S.C., USA) reports that it is extending its line of carbon reinforcements with C-Weave SP, a new line of spread tow carbon fabrics for composite parts with high aesthetic performance requirements, especially for the high-end automotive, sports and leisure, luggage and telephone markets. C-Weave SP spread carbon fabric is made with 200 g/m2 3K fibres and is available in plain or twill weave. C-Weave SP reportedly achieves a 99 percent spreading rate (compared to what Chomarat says is the usual average of 85 to 92 percent). At this rate, Chomarat says it is possible to manufacdture carbon composite parts with a surface layer that is 20 percent lighter (compared to 245 g/m2 3K fibres), with good surface quality
and optimized aesthetics, performance and cost.
Chomarat worked on the choice of raw materials, production process and quality control, all of which are crucial selection criteria for this type of technically demanding product.
Established in China since 2010, Chomarat has focused on manufacturing products for a number of markets, such as 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 fiber that are used in the automotive market as well as the sports and leisure goods.
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