Chomarat invests in a carbon multiaxial technology
This new multiaxial machine is reportedly 10 times more productive than the previous generation of machines.
Chomarat (Le Cheylard, France) has invested in a new carbon multiaxial machine that will bolster the group’s development strategy, specifically in aerospace and automotive sectors. Designed for and by Chomarat based on their own technical expertise, the new carbon multiaxial is now being industrialized.
“This cutting-edge equipment takes the industrialization of high-performance reinforcements to the next level. This new multiaxial machine is ten times more productive than the previous generation of machines. The advantages for customers is competitive high-performance carbon reinforcements,” says Michel COGNET, managing director at Chomarat.
Chomarat is focusing its expertise on increasing line productivity and on high-speed carbon fiber placement. It will be possible to produce C-PLY, the group’s range of high-performance carbon multiaxials, in different widths and in large volume, for constructions that are isotropic or more specific with angles from 22.5° to 90° and thin plies.
“The idea is to rise to the challenges of mass production in the automotive, aerospace, industrial and sports and leisure sectors. We will be able to produce multiaxial carbon reinforcements (non-crimp fabrics or NCF) using veils or an on-line powder coating,” says Philippe SANIAL, R&T manager at Chomarat.
This purchase is part of a €35 million investment plan over three years to accelerate innovation and upgrade Chomarat’s French sites.
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