The Chomarat group affirms its responsible development strategy. This commitment materializes through its products and developments. Reinforcements based on natural fibers are now integrated into industrial production of composites. Significant research work is also carried out to develop the use of recycled glass or carbon fibers in its processes and products.
This year, the Chomarat group has also decided to place at the forefront three start-ups with innovative ideas in three different sectors: recycling, flexible solar panels and the electrical functionalization of composites.
Recycling of glass and carbon fibers
As part of its eco-design strategy, Chomarat has set the goal of actively participating in reducing the environmental footprint of composites. The group is particularly involved in research work on the recycling of glass and carbon fibers. As part of its ReMat project, the company is working on reducing its own production waste.
“The recycling of the glass fibers from our waste and their use in our reinforcements are being assessed, there are many technical obstacles and we must also assess the interest of these products on the market,” explains Philippe Sanial, R&D director at Chomarat. “The next step in our longer-term research work will be to introduce recycled glass fibers from end-of-life composite parts into our manufacturing processes. These fibers come from the recycling channel of our developer partner Composites Recycling,” he explains.
Natural fiber reinforcements in series production
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Chomarat continues its work on the integration of natural fibers in its range. It was notably chosen by Beneteau Group to develop a reinforcement combining glass and hemp fibers. The solution developed makes it possible to meet the technical expectations of the customer in terms of deformability and homogeneity. The Beneteau group’s objective is to replace 15 tons of glass mat per year with hemp for the manufacture of small composite parts that equip its boat decks. This innovation is on the list of finalists for the JEC innovations awards.
To find out more about the theme of sustainable composites in the nautical industry, a conference will be jointly hosted by Groupe Beneteau, Chomarat and Arkema at the JEC WORLD show on Thursday April 27, 2023, at 11:30 am Agora 5.
Three innovative startups on the Chomarat stand
Always with the aim of developing new, more responsible solutions, Chomarat highlights and opens its stand to three startups with which it collaborates.
- Solar Cloth manufactures lightweight, flexible, custom-made solar panels for installation where other panels are not a viable option such as on textiles, vehicles, or lightweight structural buildings.
- MCVE has developed a process for additive printing of electrical circuits on glass fabrics or natural fiber fabrics allowing the functionalization of composite materials.
- Composite Recycling has designed a very energy-efficient end-of-life composite parts treatment solution that separates the resin from the fibers. These can then be reused to make new composites in an economically viable way.
“Relying on partnerships to innovate is part of our DNA. We are delighted to collaborate with innovative companies to offer new solutions to our customers and to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of composite materials” specifies Philippe Chomarat, commercial director at Chomarat.
MEET THE CHOMARAT TEAMS AT THE JEC WORLD 2023 EXHIBITION
HALL 5 – STAND J42 -APRIL 25-27 – PARIS NORD VILLEPINTE