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Chomarat North America has been awarded AS 9100 certification. Located in Williamston, South Carolina, the group’s US facility specialises in advanced reinforcements for composites.
The new certification covers aerospace quality management systems and follows the group’s development strategy relative to quality and risk management.
“Our North American plant’s new AS 9100 certification proves our organisational maturity and provides a vital asset to enable us to become a leading aerospace supplier,” says Michel Cognet, Group Managing Director at Chomarat.
With this certification, Chomarat North America is following in the footsteps of the group’s French plants that were certified to ES 9100 in 2012. The facility now meets the strict criteria set by the market for high performance composite reinforcements for the aerospace industry. The quality system and risk management standards are recognised by purchasers worldwide.
“We are proud of this AS 9100 certification that clearly demonstrates our commitment to quality management and reliability,” states Brian Laufenberg, President of Chomarat’s North American business. “This accomplishment now allows us to compete as an international aerospace supplier from multiple continents.”
Chomarat’s fabrics, tapes and multiaxial carbon reinforcements, particularly its C-PLY range, are employed in the aerospace market. These products are designed for primary and secondary structures as well as aircraft interior parts. The materials are said to offer great angle and ply flexibility and open up new opportunities for designing lighter, more efficient and lower cost composite parts.
C-PLY was recently chosen by VX Aerospace for its foldaway drone, which can be stowed inside a cylindrical container and deployed from a tactical aircraft. The carbon multiaxial material is used in the construction of the wing, the horizontal stabilisers, the vertical fin and all of the control surfaces.
“The extremely thin multiaxial reinforcement is perfect, because strength and stiffness are tailored according to demand,” reports VX Aerospace Chief Engineer Bob Skillen. “It offers extremely high performance at a reduced cost.”
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