International textile manufacturer launches lightweight second generation composite


TPreg, is a range of continuous thermoplastic pre-impregnated reinforcement material. It is a light and offers cost savings in large series production

Chomarat is launching TPreg: a continuous pre-impregnated thermoplastic reinforcement material, which was recognised for innovation in the thermoplastics category at the JEC awards in Paris this year.

TPreg is part of Chomarat’s C-PLY™ project Chomarat offers innovative solutions with TPreg, is a range of continuous thermoplastic pre-impregnated reinforcement. It is a light material, offers cost savings in large series production.

The TPreg range of products that complements the current OrganoSheet line, assembly of a continuous reinforcement and a thermoplastic resin. TPreg maintains Thermoplastic composites advantages: speed of conversion processes, little emission of volatile matter, thermoformability and recyclability

“TPreg is a conformable reinforcement that preserves perfect orientation of the fibres. It can be designed with a diversity of materials – carbon fibre, glass fibre and so on – and in different widths. With various impregnation levels in development, the range is suited to various production processes and opens up new technico-economic prospects for the market” says Chomarat R&D manager P Sanial.

“This new range finds applications in numerous sectors such as automotive or sports and leisure.”

Launched in 2011, the C-PLY Bi-Angle™ second-generation composites project under the leadership of Professor Tsai has demonstrated that an optimised design of composites makes it possible to obtain significant savings in weight (up to 30%).

Currently the working group is entering a new phase and is demonstrating that the use of C-PLY in a manufacturing phase with automated laying processes makes it possible to obtain productivity gains never obtained before.

Driven by its core values of creativity and innovation since 1898, CHOMARAT is an international textile group, which operates on four continents. The company is composed of three strategic business units: composites, textiles and fashion, incorporating over 25 different processes and manufacturing technologies.