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Hexcel Celebrates Opening of New Innovation Centre

31 May 2016

Hexcel Celebrates Opening of New Innovation Centre

Hexcel’s new $10 million Innovation Centre in Duxford, UK was officially opened by Marcus Bryson, Chair of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) and Chair of Aerospace at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, together with Nick Stanage, Hexcel’s Chairman, CEO and President.

Hexcel explains that the Duxford site is its largest centre for research into resin systems and adhesives. Its innovations in polymer chemistry and material science, together with advanced fibres from the US, were instrumental in the company being selected to supply all of the carbon fibre prepregs for the Airbus A350 XWB primary structures. Duxford is also its centre of excellence for process technology including product scale-up and research into new processes for making composite materials, including quality control methods.

Hexcel adds that its new Innovation Centre will support the growing worldwide demand for composite materials for aerospace and industrial markets. The building houses its chemistry and product development functions and is fully equipped with state-of-the-art formulation and analytical laboratories, mixer rooms, and microscopy and SEM laboratories.

At the ceremony, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Paul Mackenzie commented, “I am grateful to Hexcel’s leadership team for approving the expansion we see today. We had outgrown the current Technical Centre and welcome this new building and the facilities provided for the 21st century. Our scientists dedicated to Aerospace and Industrial matrix development have now moved into the Innovation Centre and the building is already resonating with activity.”

 


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