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Innovation in materials

HARNESSING THE INFINITE POSSIBILITIES OF POLYMER MATERIALS

Our advanced materials respond to a wide variety of customer needs in the automotive & truck, aerospace, defense, rail, energy, and general industry markets. Our expertise enables us to custom-design solutions for use in a host of environments.

Elastomers

Our customers value our elastomers for their lightness, durability and thermal resistance. Hutchinson’s teams develop complex formulations and control key parameters to precisely design materials suitable for a variety of conditions and requirements. Examples include temperature variations, fatigue resistance and explosive decompression.

 

Some of the particularly innovative materials we have developed :

  • The fire-resistant Sil@Flame® silicone line.
  • The Sil@Therm® silicone line, designed for high temperature resistance, used especially in aerospace and industrial markets.
  • Natural rubber mixtures resistant to 115°C, developed through vulcanization system innovations. These materials are used by carmakers like Toyota and Mercedes, and by Airbus for engine mounts on the A400M.

Thermoplastics

Thermoplastic materials can serve as effective alternatives to elastomers for their workability, recyclability and lower density. They provide solutions for a wide variety of automotive and aerospace applications, such as seals for bodies, windows, engines and hoses. Hutchinson’s unique, patented thermoplastic materials include:

  • Vegaprene®, a complete range of thermoplastic-elastomer compound.
  • Gygaprene®, a braod offer of alloys of thermoplastics.

Innovative thermoplastic and vulcanized thermoplastic-based solutions include: the first door seal made fully of thermoplastic door seal; the first high-pressure air conditioning system for vehicles; thermoplastic composites for aerospace applications.

 

Composites

Serving customers in the aerospace and automotive sectors, Hutchinson manufactures composites in 4 sites. Their light weight and mechanical properties make these products an effective alternative to metals in certain applications. The company designs and manufactures parts and formulates its own materials. Its CTeC  Composite Technical Center in France specializes in developing new composite products, materials and processes. High-performance composites are ultra-light, strong, more environmentally friendly and cost effective.

 

Innovations include the lightweight carbon fiber aircraft cockpit module, manufacturing processes with much shorter cycle times and new materials such as special thermoplastic alloys.

 

Our latest innovations include:

  • A composite solution for the front and rear axles of the Peugeot 208 Hybrid FE concept car, in partnership with Peugeot Sport and Total. A key function is the 13.6-kilogram suspension system as well as a more compact component and one-step assembly, compared with the customary 12 steps.
  • Structural or semi-structural linkages that can replace aluminum and steel for automotive engine suspensions.
  • Unique carbon fiber aircraft cockpit modules designed in collaboration with Airbus. Made in a single operation, they are 30 to 45% lighter than the current metal solutions.
  • Glass fiber-reinforced composites and plastics also present on new aircraft platforms (new air conditioning ducts, insulated wiring harness or new protections against lightning on fuel tank rivet heads).
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