The new CoE offers the European market access to technical teams, a material analysis lab and pilot lines for demonstration, rapid development, testing and qualification of different composite material formats, including thermosets, thermoplastics and other composite types. The facility has high-volume composite formatting lines to transition new materials and processes to commercial-scale production. In addition to speeding new product development, the CoE can help customers devise strategies to enhance productivity and reduce costs for mature product programs.
Jean-Louis Bretin, general manager, Omega Systèmes, said:
“With this investment we offer our customers the customized support of a strategic outsourcing partner to accelerate the development of new aircraft programs and meet the market’s fast-growing needs for formatted composite materials.”
Web Industries acquired Omega Systèmes in January 2019 and has been investing in Omega’s France-based team, technologies and manufacturing capabilities. The Nantes CoE will collaborate with Web’s North American CoEs for composites automation and thermoplastic composite development. With its location in the west of France, the new CoE is in proximity to aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their tiered suppliers throughout the United Kingdom and European Union. The CoE also is an active collaborator and member of many European research institutes, such as the National Composites Centre, Thermoplastic Composites Research Center, Technical University of Dresden and Technical University of Munich.
Grand Hou, director of research and technology, Web Industries, said:
“These collaborations enable Web to be at the forefront of many innovations and trends and provide us with pathways to help our customers integrate R&D with commercialization. By working collaboratively with customers early, we can drastically reduce timelines to commercialization and often reduce their cost structure through early process optimization.”
Companies: Web Industries