18 November 2005
18 November 2005
On Wednesday Hexcel provided details of its previously announced capacity expansion for carbon fibre, including a new plant in Spain.
As part of that program, Hexcel is building a carbon fibre plant near Madrid, Spain. In the United States, the Company is adding an additional carbon fibre line to its Salt Lake City, UT facility and additional capacity at its Decatur, AL facility. The new U.S. line will be aerospace qualified by the end of 2007 and the Spanish line in 2008.
These additional carbon fibre manufacturing lines constitute the previously announced $100 million project that will increase Hexcel's global carbon fibre capacity by about 50%. Approximately half of this capacity expansion will be provided by the new Spanish plant, where one carbon fibre line will be installed initially, with space to add further lines as required to meet demand from new programs. Hexcel is the leader in advanced composite materials for aerospace and also is a leading producer of high strength and intermediate modulus carbon fibres used in military and commercial aircraft, launch vehicles and satellites.
Mr. David E. Berges, Hexcel's Chairman, President and CEO said, ""The large increase in carbon fibre composites usage in commercial and military aircraft is driving Hexcel to expand its manufacturing capacity to support growing customer demand. Hexcel is already the world's largest producer of intermediate modulus carbon fibre, a type of fibre that is being increasingly specified in new aerospace programs, and we are pleased to establish European manufacturing of carbon fibre to complement our existing and expanded capacity in the United States. With this expansion, we should be very well positioned to support the growth in our European customers' product requirements such as the full range of Airbus commercial airliners, business jets from Dassault, engine nacelles from Aircelle, helicopters from Eurocopter and other military aircraft from EADS.""
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.