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6/12/2017 | 1 MINUTE READ

Chomarat joins UK-based Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

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The company, which will be the first textile producer to join AMRC, is also sponsoring a research collaboration focused on multiaxial carbon fiber fabrics.

Thin ply fabric specialis Chomarat (Le Cheylard, France; Williamston, SC, US) reports that it is joining the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) at the University of Sheffield (Sheffield, UK). The company is also sponsoring the NCF HP2 collaborative project, dedicated to high-performance, high-throughput multiaxial carbon fiber fabrics.

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,” says Chomarat group managing director Michel Cognet.

Through NCF HP2, Chomarat has brought Solvay (Brussels, Belgium), Mécanium (Villeurbanne, France) and the University of Nantes (Nantes, France) together to develop a new generation of multiaxial carbon fiber 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 €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.