09 December 2005
09 December 2005
Hexcel Corporation is in the process of investing $20 million in new state of the art equipment for prepreg production in the UK, Spain, Germany and France, to meet the growing demands of the aerospace industry.
Hexcel has already begun expanding its formulated resin capability in Duxford UK and has added a new prepreg line at its plant in Parla, Spain, both to be fully operational March 2006. Additionally, new prepreg capacity is to be installed in Stade, Germany and Nantes, France, where Hexcel will set up prepreg production facilities close to Airbus locations. This capacity expansion plan is designed to meet the growing demand for prepreg for current and future aerospace programmes.
In addition to increasing capacity, Hexcel says that the new facilities in Stade and Nantes will enable it to exceed customer expectations for delivery and responsiveness, while enhancing product quality and making the overall supply chain more efficient and reliable. Airbus will be the primary customer for prepregs produced at each location, and the new lines are expected to be operational by December 2006.
“I am delighted that we are expanding Hexcel’s prepreg capacity in Europe.” said Dave Berges, Hexcel’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. “Setting up new prepreg facilities in close proximity to the major Airbus composite manufacturing sites will reinforce our partnership and enable us to meet the growing requirements for prepreg for current and future aircraft programmes”.
News of the investment follows news last month that Hexcel is setting up a carbon fibre manufacturing plant in Spain and expanding carbon fibre manufacturing facilities in the USA.
Ceramicx, Ireland, has completed an 1800 m2 expansion to its production facility, doubling capacity for the manufacture of infrared heating equipment for the composites industry.
Solvay has inaugurated a new centre in Wrexham, UK, for manufacturing structural adhesives and surfacing films for the aerospace market.
The new laboratory facilities of recently founded TPAC (ThermoPlastic composites Application Centre) were opened by Anka Mulder, President of Saxion University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands, on 14 September.