19 December 2017
19 December 2017
Hexcel has announced the unveiling of the third H160 prototype from Airbus Helicopters, which features a striking carbon-inspired livery that represents the composite materials Hexcel supplies for the helicopter.
This gesture follows Hexcel’s announcement in June that its reinforcements, prepregs, adhesives and honeycomb materials had been selected for the H160’s composite fuselage structures and main rotor blades. The H160 was designed by Airbus Helicopters to create added value for customers in terms of performance, economic competitiveness, safety and comfort. The use of Hexcel’s composite materials throughout the structure contributes to the lightweight, fuel saving design and performance optimisation.
Airbus Helicopters decided to promote the H160 programme and its high carbon fibre content in a way that recalls the livery previously used for the A350 XWB. The A350 XWB has a structure that is 53% composites and Hexcel supplies the carbon fibre prepreg for all of the aircraft’s composite primary structures.
Photo provided by Hexcel
Zünd UK demonstrated its precision cutting systems at Advanced Engineering 2018, focusing on how they can increase productivity and maximise profits for customers across a variety of business sectors.
Chomarat has invested in a new pilot production line to develop its next generation of scrim reinforcements for the construction market. Conceived for the development of cement board and roof-waterproofing reinforcements, the machine can also develop materials for new markets.
Bucher Leichtbau and Ensinger have collaborated in a project to showcase the advantages of thermoplastic composites in an aircraft interior application.