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,...).