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Hutchinson wins a JEC Innovation Award

Hutchinson confirms its composites stratégy and  has  just  been  awarded  the  "JEC  Innovation Award  2014"  for  its  carbon  fiber  cockpit  modules, developed  in  collaboration  with  Airbus.  Produced  in  a single operation, these modules are 30 to 45% lighter than the current metal-based solutions. The  JEC  Innovation  Award  is  the  result  of  Hutchinson's composites' strategy, which has been developed since 2007, particularly  in  the  aeronautics  and  automobile  sectors. Today, the group has four sites, employing more than 700 personnel (two in France, one in Germany and one  in  Canada),  of  which,  the  longest  serving  has  60  years  of  experience. 

The  creation  of  the  CTeC (Composite  Technical  Center)  allow  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. 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, will 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  characterization,  mechanical  vibration  and  thermal  protection,  in  addition  to  its premium computing capabilities (supercomputing, reverberation room, anechoic chamber,...).