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Hexcel Corporation has officially opened its new prepreg manufacturing facility in Nantes, France.
The plant opening is part of Hexcel’s on-going investment program to meet the growing requirements for high performance composites in the aerospace industry and to streamline the supply chain to their customers.
The new Nantes facility will manufacture HexPly M21 unidirectional prepreg which it will supply mainly to the neighbouring Airbus plant and its subcontractors. Hexcel opened a similar satellite prepreg plant in Stade, Germany in 2007.
Hexcel’s satellite plant strategy was established to meet customer expectations in delivery and responsiveness, to enhance product quality, while making the overall supply chain more efficient and reliable.
Typical applications for HexPly prepregs made in Nantes are the A380 and A400M central wing box and A340-500-600 keel beam.
At the opening ceremony in Nantes today a plaque was unveiled by Hexcel President, Bill Hunt, in the presence of Gilles Guillon, Airbus Saint Nazaire Plant Director.
“The opening of Hexcel’s new facility in Nantes is the first of three plant openings for Hexcel this year: the prepreg facility in Nantes, France; our new carbon fibre plant in Spain and our wind energy prepreg plant in China.” said Bill Hunt, Hexcel President.
“We have invested in Nantes to meet the growing requirements for composites for new aircraft programs and have implemented a state of the art supply chain model that streamlines the process and delivers an outstanding level of service and high quality products to our customers.”
He added: “I would like to pay tribute to Hexcel’s Operations team, our suppliers, the local community and particularly Airbus for their support and assistance during the plant build and material qualification stages.”
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