04 October 2014

Carbon fiber supplier Hexcel invests for the A350 XWB ram-up.

Hexcel is investing $250 million on a new carbon fiber plant in France, with part of the production going into the A350 XWB.

The new site in Roussillon will include new precursor and carbon fiber lines along with quality control laboratories and offices.

The 37-acre site at the Osiris Chemicals Industry Platform is close to the existing Hexcel weaving and prepreg manufacturing facilities near Lyon, France.

The plant will be Hexcel’s first precursor plant in Europe and its first carbon fiber capacity site in France, the company said.

Source: Airbus

“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 programs,” Hexcel CEO and President Nick Stanage said.

Construction will begin in mid-2015. It is expected to employ 120 people when fully operational in early 2018.

Based on the article “New Hexcel plant will supply carbon fiber for Airbus A350 XWB” published in Plastic News

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