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Non-crimp fabrics based on very heavy tow fibers for the automotive industry

News International-French

11 Oct 2016

At the JEC Forums in Knoxville, Tennessee, October 13-14, the Chomarat team will give a lecture on how their solutions meet automotive demand, with a specific focus on low-cost advanced composites.

Non-crimp fabrics based on very heavy tow fibers for the automotive industry
Chomarat works on low-cost composites for the automotive market. The automotive industry needs to rethink its strategy and to innovate to fulfill regulatory CO2 reduction objectives. Continuous glass and carbon fiber composites offer a significant advantage in attaining these goals, by enabling the weight of structures to be reduced.

Chomarat is working on formatting very heavy tow LCCF (low-cost carbon fibre) into C-PLY and proposes design optimization using low-cost carbon fibre input from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Working together with tier 1 automotive supplier and ORNL, Chomarat can handle these heavy tows and meet many benchmark standards.

Michel Cognet, Chomarat Group Managing Director explains:

“Composites constitute a solution to lower the weight of vehicles, but they must be of economic benefit in a context where each process and each material has to compete to find its place in an appropriate and optimized industrial procedure.”

From left to right carbon fiber 12K, 24K, 50K and 457K from ORNL
C-PLY with LCCF (low-cost carbon fiber) spread plies is the solution Chomarat is developing that combine the most economical performance option with cost effective molding processes.

Michel Cognet explains:

“C-PLY used with low-cost fibers, becomes a very attractive reinforcement for markets like automotive”

“Along with our long-term strategic vision that is sustained by strong partnerships, Chomarat’s ability to adapt and develop technologies, has enabled us to become a major player in composites for the automotive industry”.