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Composites sector

The composites sector is well represented in the ‘’Nouvelle-Aquitaine’’ region and is developing fast  in the fields of aeronautics, the car industry and sailing. The Basque Country has plenty of assets and know-how in this sector:

⇨     Technocité and Compositadour, its technical platform for composites and robotics dedicated to composite materials and located in Bayonne’s Technocité business park. Compositadour encourages collaboration and innovation between research, training and industry. Major investments have enabled equipment for manufacturing high-tech composite parts to be implemented (namely a Coriolis robot and a KUKA platform).

⇨     Example of businesses:

o   ‘’Pika’’, located at Technocité and fast-expanding, whose clients are major aeronautical contractors: Dassault aviation, Astrium, Turbomeca, Daher-Socata.

o   Nimitech: which innovates and holds around fifteen patents in the manufacture of composite parts for the ADS sector (Aeronautics, Defence & Space). By locating at Technocité, Nimitech benefits from the site’s high-tech environment and has just set up ‘‘Nimitech Innovation’’, its process development centre for thermo-plastic matrix composites.

Invest Basque Country is one of JEC’s partners. JEC is an organiser of composite trade fairs, bringing together the world’s composite industry and providing an insight into a range of processes, new materials and composite solutions.

COMPOSITADOUR was awarded the ‘‘JEC Award’’ 2015 in the ‘‘Aeronautics’’ category for its participation in the project for ‘’Designing and manufacturing a self-hardening fuselage panel’’ in partnership with HEXCEL, STELIA and CORIOLIS COMPOSITES.

Compositadour provides training on KUKA robots and is part of the company’s training catalogue.

Key figures for the plastics and composite industry:

  • 31 billion euros turnover
  • 22 % of business exported
  • 3 800 establishments
  • 133 000 employees
  • Over 90% SME’s

Source: www.entreprises.gouv.fr


 

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