28 March 2012
28 March 2012
Hexcel Corporation and Web Industries have signed a long-term Supply Agreement under which Web Industries will convert Hexcel’s HexPly carbon fibre prepreg into slit tape for Aerospace programs, including the Airbus A350 XWB.
As part of this agreement, Web Industries will establish and operate a dedicated slitting operation within Hexcel’s newly expanded prepreg facility in Stade, Germany.
According to Hexcel, Web Industries will use their proprietary PrecisonSlit carbon fibre slit tape technology and processes to convert Hexcel’s carbon fibre prepreg into various formats of precision slit tape. This slit tape is used on Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) manufacturing lines to make many of the composite structures found on the latest aircraft programs. Hexcel say these prepregs require strict operational and environmental conditions and co-locating the slit tape operation within Hexcel’s Stade plant will provide outstanding environmental control and quality assurance.
Commenting on the Agreement, Hexcel’s President, Nick Stanage, said: “We are delighted to welcome Web Industries to our Stade, Germany site. This agreement represents a significant partnership for our two companies and the combination of Hexcel’s advanced carbon fibre materials and Web’s precision composites converting will provide a unique service to our customers in Europe, Russia and the Middle East who will benefit from even greater levels of quality and responsiveness, significantly reduced freight costs, less inventory and shorter lead times.”
“Web Industries is honoured to be partnering with Hexcel at their Stade facility. It is a tremendous validation of our 20-plus year investment in serving the composites industry,” said Donald Romine, President and Chief Executive Officer of Web Industries. “The Stade operation will utilize some of the most advanced processes for creating state of the art prepreg slit tape, including our PrecisionSlit technology, and we’re excited to be working side-by-side with one of the leading companies in the composites industry.”
Construction on the Web Industries’ facility should be completed by May 2012, and commercial-scale production is expected to ramp up by December. The operation will eventually employ up to 70 people.
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