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Hexcel Corporation will expand its carbon fibre production capacity through the addition of new precursor and carbon fibre lines in Roussillon, France.
The company state this is part of Hexcel’s ongoing investment to create a diversified global supply chain for the aerospace industry. The $250 million investment will also include the associated Quality Control laboratories and offices.
Hexcel explains that in recent years it has increased its precursor and carbon fibre capacities through targeted expansions at existing facilities. Most notably, Hexcel is investing in ongoing precursor and carbon fibre expansions at its US facilities and is currently installing its resin mixing and filming technology – first developed in Europe – in the U.S. The new facility in France is the next step in support of European customers, enhancing the supply chain by adding precursor and additional carbon fibre capacity in Europe.
According to Hexcel the new French plant will occupy a 37-acre site at the Osiris Chemicals Industry Platform in Roussillon, which is close to Hexcel’s weaving and prepreg manufacturing facilities near Lyon. Carbon fibre from the new plant will be supplied to Hexcel. Construction of the new plant will begin by mid-2015 and it is expected to employ 120 people when fully operational in early 2018.
Hexcel’s Chairman, CEO and President, Nick Stanage, commented “I am delighted to announce Hexcel’s investment in our first precursor plant in Europe and our first carbon fibre capacity in France.
The state of the art manufacturing facilities that we will build demonstrate our commitment to technology expansion around the world to provide an efficient global supply chain in support of customer programmes.
The new plant will further strengthen our customer relationships, provide greater opportunities for aerospace industry growth and reinforce Hexcel’s position as a global leader in carbon fibre composites.”
Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO commented “We applaud Hexcel’s decision to build a precursor and carbon fiber plant in France, demonstrating a strong, ongoing commitment to meet the growing demand for carbon fibre composites in the aerospace industry. This decision supports Airbus requirements for A350 XWB composite primary structures and underlines the strong partnership between Airbus and Hexcel”.
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