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INTERVIEW - Roland Chemama, President, GMI Aero

News International-French

3 Jun 2019

GMI Aero has been since its foundation in 1985 a leading innovator and a key provider of solutions and products for advanced process control used in the composite material manufacturing and repair. JEC Composites Magazine asked its President, Roland Chemama, about his vision of the market and its next challenges.

JEC Composites Magazine: Can you summarize your company's history and scope?

Roland Chemama, President, GMI Aero
Roland Chemama: GMI Aero is recognized worldwide as the leader in innovative composite repair equipment and services, thanks to more than 30 years of targeted research and development activities.
When composite material repairs became a recurring problem in the aeronautics industry, GMI developed its first equipment and tools for repairs at all stages, as well as for non-destructive testing of adhesive-bonded structures.
Since its creation, GMI Aero has developed its capabilities in composite structure manufacturing processes, and has expanded its activities into the development of engineering solutions and the production of equipment for the repair and manufacture of composite aeronautical structures.
This work is the result of regular partnerships with aircraft manufacturers and end users (airlines and MROs). Today, the company's commercial activity is global and it cooperates with the main players in the aeronautics sector in Europe, the United States, Latin America and Asia. Innovation in equipment is the result of both internal development and extensive cooperation with university researchers.

JEC Composites Magazine: What is the place of composite materials in your company's activity?
Roland Chemama: GMI's activity is almost exclusively focused on the field of composite materials. At the request of customers, we work on metal materials, but the majority of our equipment and developments are in the field of composites.

JEC Composites Magazine: What are your strengths and areas of development?
Roland Chemama: Our strengths are as follows:
•    Extensive knowledge and know-how concerning composite materials and repair techniques for aeronautical structures (NDT, machining, and bonding);
•    Adaptability of our equipment and services to customer requirements;
•    Development of customized repair solutions according to the specific needs of each individual application;
•    Innovative solutions through participation in several EU-funded R&D projects (Horizon 2020, Cleansky 1&2, etc.). In addition to these advantages, we have identified for ourselves a few areas of development to ensure our future: providing more training on composite repairs, developing solutions for new aircraft such as the A350 and the B787, and integrating our equipment into the Industry 4.0 concept (e.g., Netcentric ANITA EZ, etc.).

 Anita EZ Multizone-18 zones  To repair very large surfaces of structures of class I, GMI has designed a specific bonding control equipment with 18 zones.  This equipement combines a sophisticated instrumentation with smart software for cycle programming

Anita EZ Multizone-18 zones : To repair very large surfaces of structures of class I, GMI has designed a specific bonding control equipment with 18 zones. This equipement combines a sophisticated instrumentation with smart software for cycle programming configuration of the repair parameters. A power system is specially designed to offer powering capabilities to the 18 zones covering several quare meters.

JEC Composites Magazine: Do you only operate on the domestic market or also on the export market?
Roland Chemama: GMI is present on the domestic market, as well as on the export market. The majority of our activity is abroad: we collaborate in particular with Europe and Asia, but also with Latin America.
GMI is referenced in the majority of aircraft manufacturers' Structural Repair Manuals (SRMs). We work together with a large number of airlines, MROs, and manufacturers worldwide. In addition to our civilian customers, our portfolio includes more than 15 military customers from around the world.

JEC Composites Magazine: Why did you decide to use the services of the Paris Île-de-France Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI)?
Roland Chemama: We approached the Paris Île-de-France CCI when we needed to recruit or establish contacts with French or foreign partners. In addition, the events organized by the Paris Île-de-France CCI are a good way to network and meet potential partners.

ANITA EZ - Full presentation - English version

ANITA EZ - Full presentation

When GMI Aero was selected for more than 25 European projects (such as Horizon 2020 and Cleansky 1&2), which enabled us to develop our innovative R&D solutions internally and to work on various subjects with universities or major aerospace companies, we sought the help of the Paris Île-de-France CCI.

JEC Composites Magazine: Can you tell us more about the nature of this support?
Roland Chemama: The Paris Île-de-France CCI has been supporting us for several years by helping us to distribute and spread information about our new products and events, to recruit staff and to establish contacts with potential partners in France and abroad. Moreover, it regularly organizes information days or seminars (for example in partnership with the French DGA) which we attend.

JEC Composites Magazine: Do you plan to deepen this relationship in other markets and/or areas?
Roland Chemama: Yes, we would like to develop our activity a little more in the United States and consolidate our presence in Latin America and Russia, and we may have to resort to the Paris Île-de-France CCI for this.

 Anita EZH1401 - Flight Line Hot Bonder  P/N :   GMIEZH1401  According to fundamental notions on explosive area classifications, the area surrounding the aircraft unfueled is considered potentially explosive because of presence of potential flammable gaz

Anita EZH1401 - Flight Line Hot Bonder: According to fundamental notions on explosive area classifications, the area surrounding the aircraft unfueled is considered potentially explosive because of presence of potential flammable gaz (airplane fuel). To comply with safety procedures imposed to use bonding electrical equipment in an area classified as hazardous the flight line operations bonding console offers a version fully compliant.

JEC Composites Magazine: What are your next challenges?
Roland Chemama: Of course, we want to further improve performance and expand the areas of application to accommodate very thick and complex Class I structures, engines, and parts.
We also want to integrate our equipment into the Industry 4.0 concept and finally establish ourselves in new composite markets: wind, naval, automotive, rail and ensure the development of dual-use applications for both civilian and military uses such as the projects proposed under the EDIDP – The European Defence Industrial Development Programme.