11 February 2005
11 February 2005
Hexcel Corporation is to expand its carbon fibre production capacity through the addition of both a new carbon fibre line and a new precursor line.
The expansion will be completed within three years, increasing Hexcel's carbon fibre production capacity by about 40%. In the near term, Hexcel is increasing the output of its existing carbon operations through incremental capacity improvements.
Commenting on the expansion investment, Mr. David E. Berges, Hexcel's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President said, ""We are excited by the accelerating demand for carbon fibre composites. Market growth and the increasing penetration of these materials, particularly in commercial aerospace and wind turbine markets, bodes well for Hexcel's prospects. As a world leader in advanced structural materials, Hexcel is committed to supporting this growth through product development and capacity expansion. The expansion will cost about $80 million with most of the cost incurred in 2006 and 2007.""
Solvay has signed a ten-year agreement for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across Bell's military and commercial rotorcraft programmes, including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22, and UH-1.
SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV have officially opened the Fibre Placement Centre (FPC) at SGL's site in Meitingen, Germany. Compositence, BA Composites and the Chair for Carbon Composites at the Technical University of Munich have also joined the alliance, and Coriolis Group and Cevotec are planning to come on board as partners.
With the aim developing a broader platform for additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, the University of Exeter, UK, and Victrex, have formed a strategic partnership to introduce next-generation polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers and composites while improving the performance of the underlying AM processes.