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French carbon fibre precursor plant targets aerospace market

Hexcel Composites : 07 October, 2014  (Company News)
Hexcel Corporation is to expand its carbon fibre production capacity through the addition of new precursor and carbon fiber lines in Roussillon, France. The $250 million investment will also include the associated Quality Control laboratories and offices.
The new facility is part of Hexcel’s ongoing investment to support the growing demand from aerospace for carbon fibre composites. In recent years, Hexcel has increased its precursor and carbon fibre capacities through targeted expansions at existing facilities. Most notably, Hexcel is investing in ongoing precursor and carbon fibre expansions at its US facilities and is currently installing its industry-leading resin mixing and filming technology – first developed in Europe – in the US.
 
The new facility in France is the next step, enhancing the supply chain by adding precursor and additional carbon fibre capacity in Europe. The plant will occupy a 37 acre site at the Osiris Chemicals Industry Platform in Roussillon, which is close to Hexcel’s weaving and prepreg manufacturing facilities near Lyon. Carbon fibre from the new plant will be supplied to customers, including Airbus for the A350 XWB and Safran for the CFM LEAP engine. Construction of the new plant will begin by mid-2015 and it is expected to employ 120 people when fully operational in early 2018.
 
Hexcel’s Chairman, CEO and President, Nick Stanage, commented today: “Hexcel’s investment is our first precursor plant in Europe and our first carbon fibre capacity in France. The new plant will provide greater opportunities for aerospace industry growth and reinforce Hexcel’s position in carbon fibre composites.”
 
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO welcomed the announcement, commenting: “Hexcel’s decision to build a precursor and carbon fibre plant in France demonstrates a commitment to meet the growing demand for carbon fibre composites in the aerospace industry. This decision supports Airbus requirements for A350 XWB composite primary structures.”
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