Chomarat has just celebrated the opening of its new 58,500 sq.ft. factory in South Carolina. This new plant will specialize in developing Chomarat’s advanced composite business and is equipped with a LIBA MAX5 100-in. (variable width) machine designed to produce carbon, spread-tow, multiaxial reinforcements and carbon looms.
This new production capacity will enable Chomarat to offer innovative solutions in advanced composite textiles throughout the United States in the industrial, automotive and aerospace markets. “Our aim is to promote our latest innovations and to develop new partnerships in order to provide the North American market with advanced reinforcements, thanks to our highly skilled staff and state of the art machinery,” explains Florent Troubat, President of Chomarat Group.
C-PLY™ offers significant advantages to the aerospace and automotive industries. “The C-PLY offerings are touted as completely gap-free, a feat normal aerospace woven fabrics cannot yet claim,” says Michel Cognet, Chomarat’s General Manager. “Chomarat has a unique ability to use 50k large tow carbon fiber to make 100 g/m2 fabrics with virtually no defects. This overall quality capability makes Chomarat’s advanced composite textiles ideal for the most demanding applications, including visual quality surfaces. This is important for most of our customers, but it is a driving force in automotive structures and in the luxury markets for example,” he concludes.
Growth strategy to support the Group’s business development
This new facility confirms both the Group’s development strategy and Chomarat’s collaborative R&D strategy, sparked back in 2011 by an encounter with Professor Steve Tsai of the University of Stanford. The opening marks an important stage in Chomarat’s global expansion into the advanced composites market.