Chomarat receives aerospace certification

Textile manufacturer obtains EN 9100:2009, which will help expand use of its C-PLY product range.

Chomarat (Le Cheylard, France) has obtained the certification EN 9100: 2009 Quality Management standard for the aerospace industry. This European standard defines specific performance and customer satisfaction requirements for the aerospace industry to meet precise quality goals. "Security concerns are high in aerospace, and are synonymous with key business issues. This certification is a real opportunity to strengthen Chomarat’s presence in this market and further develop our carbon range," says Michel Cognet, Chomarat group CEO.

In particular, the company is expanding the utilization of its trademarked C-Ply bi-angle thin ply multiaxial material for aerospace and equipment manufacturers. Adds Cognet, ˝In aeronautics, thin plies (50-75 g/m²) such as in C-PLY are a key element for parts such as aerospace fuselage components.” Other parts, like beams, could also benefit from this multiaxial assembly, containing shallow 20° or 30° angles, allowing weight savings up to 30 percent
compared to a standard carbon construction, claims the company.

In the aviation sector, this material is being tested in parts like wings and wing components. A helicopter part has already been produced by VX Aerospace (Leesburg, Va., USA)
using  C-PLY Bi-Angle. The research team is currently working on a demonstrator for a lightweight sport aircraft.