Hutchinson has just been awarded the “JEC Innovation Award 2014” for its carbon fibre cockpit modules, developed in collaboration with Airbus.
Produced in a single operation, Hutchinson explains that these modules are 30 to 45% lighter than the current metal-based solutions. It says the JEC Innovation Award is the result of its composites strategy, which has been developed since 2007, particularly in the aeronautics and automobile sectors.
Hutchinson says the creation of the CTeC (Composite Technical Center) allows a very high standard of support in the design, development and qualification of systems or composite parts: complex structures, fluid distribution systems, smart panels with their supporting structures. The CTeC is working on new manufacturing processes, with greatly reduced cycle times, such as injection in all its forms, stamping, thermoforming and pultrusion or filament winding, in addition to new materials such as specific thermoplastic alloys.
“We develop new processes particularly less labour intensive with reduced or even without hand lay-up” explains Bertrand Florentz, Director of the CTeC.
“Our advantage: our ability to integrate functions into our composites thanks to numerous proprietary qualified solutions and materials, such as the absorption or damping of sound and vibration, thermal insulation, electrical conductivity or resistivity. Important advantages for the transport sector.”
Based in Châlette-sur-Loing, France, this innovation center is dedicated to the development of new composite products, materials and processes and, by the end of 2014, is expected to employ 50 personnel. Located next to the Hutchinson Research Center, the CTeC benefits of the whole group’s expertise in all areas as acoustics, material characterisation, mechanical vibration and thermal protection, in addition to its premium computing capabilities (supercomputing, reverberation room, anechoic chamber,…).
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