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Hexcel opened its first European carbon fibre plant at the end of April, a special ceremony attended by over 200 people.
The new plant, located at Illescas near Toledo, is the first ever plant to manufacture carbon fiber in Spain.
The new Hexcel plant was opened by the Regional President of Castilla La Mancha, Excelentísimo Señor Don Jose Maria Barreda, in the presence of Dave Berges, Hexcel Chairman and CEO and Bill Hunt, Hexcel President. Amongst the attendees were representatives from the neighbouring Airbus plant that will be a major customer for the HexTow carbon fibres made at the new facility. Other attendees included customers from the aerospace and composites industry, local dignitaries and regional representatives.
After touring the new plant, attendees listened to speeches by Dave Berges, Excelentísimo Señor Don Jose Maria Barreda, Andrea Domenichini, Hexcel’s VP Operations and Ilustrísimo Señor D. Jose Manuel Tofiño, the Mayor of Illescas.
In his opening address Dave Berges, said: “We are very honoured to be opening Hexcel’s new carbon fiber plant in Castilla La Mancha. This is the first ever carbon fibre facility to be built in Spain – and is the first for Hexcel in Europe. It is a key part of Hexcel’s ongoing investment to increase carbon fibre capacity worldwide.
“We are passionate about carbon fibre and carbon fibre reinforced prepregs here at Hexcel. That’s why we embarked on a $280 million investment program to boost our carbon fibre capacity to 7000 tons both in Europe and the USA by the end of 2009. The extra capacity is essential to meet the growing use of carbon fibre composites in both commercial and military aircraft as well as selected industrial applications.
“I wish to thank the Hexcel project team and our suppliers for their outstanding support in seeing this project through, on schedule. They have created a state of the art carbon fibre manufacturing facility that will support the future of the European aerospace industry.
The new Illescas plant is close to Hexcel’s established plant located in Parla, near Madrid. The Parla plant will convert carbon fibre from Illescas into prepregs, used to produce aerospace components such as A320/A330 horizontal empennage and A380 rear fuselage section.
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