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Hexcel Launches £7.4m MAXIM Project on Aerospace Fabrics

Hexcel Launches £7.4m MAXIM Project on Aerospace Fabrics

  • Tuesday, 19th September 2017
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Hexcel reports that it will be launching a new UK government-backed £7.4 million research and development project Multi Axial Infused Materials (MAXIM).

The company is also expanding its manufacturing facility in Leicester, UK.

The four-year MAXIM project, backed by the UK Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and match-funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will aim to develop cost-effective materials and manufacturing solutions for large aerospace and automotive composite structures.

“MAXIM is a welcome investment in the Midlands economy and the UK aerospace and automotive sectors, supporting the type of high-skilled jobs we are committed to delivering through our Industrial Strategy,” states Business Minister Richard Harrington. “This project will build our expertise and reputation in this cutting-edge field, delivering world-leading research and development on the production of new composite materials for large structures. This will enable composite structures such as aircraft wings and car bodies to be manufactured faster, greener and more cost-effectively.”

Most large aerospace composite parts are made from carbon fibre prepreg, Hexcel reports, and converting this material into solid parts requires autoclaves. The MAXIM project will explore the manufacture of new carbon fibre fabric forms and resins that can be made into parts without using autoclaves. The aim is to enable complex metal structures, such as aircraft wings, to be manufactured more cost effectively and at faster production rates from composites. Composite structures are around 25-30% lighter than metal equivalents, the company says, delivering positive environmental benefits. For example, by making aircraft lighter they will use less fuel and produce fewer CO2 emissions.

Hexcel is investing in expanding its Leicester plant by installing a machine for carbon non-crimp fabrics development and lab equipment for research into this technology. The company will be working closely with the National Composites Centre to leverage its expertise in materials handling and part processing.

“Investment in this project in Leicester will allow Hexcel to advance key out of autoclave technologies that can provide a step change in the cost-effective production of composite parts for commercial aircraft and passenger cars,” says Hexcel’s Thierry Merlot, President – Aerospace, Europe/MEA/Asia Pacific. “The project will support the development of new materials that the aerospace industry in particular can adopt with confidence to meet the high build rate requirements for future programmes.”


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