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Hexcel prepares for French expansion
Thursday, 21 May 2015

altAt a special ceremony in France today, Hexcel welcomed guests to the site in Roussillon where it will invest $250 million in the construction of its new carbon fibre plant.

The plant will occupy a 37-acre site at the Osiris Chemicals Industry Platform in Roussillon and will be comprised of both polymerization and carbonization lines. It is part of Hexcel’s ongoing worldwide investment to create a diversified and robust supply chain to support aerospace customers’ growing demand for carbon fiber composites. 

“Together with our capacity expansions in the US, this new facility in France will strengthen our global supply chain by adding precursor and additional carbon fibre capacity in Europe,” said Hexcel chairman Nick Stanage.  Read More >>


Welcome to Ecocomposites

The increasing replacement of metals and wood with composites is intrinsically environmentally responsible.
Composites allow structures to shed weight, and as a consequence have a big role to play in reducing both the use of petrochemicals and CO2 emissions
cross a wide range of end-use industries.

However, many other developments are taking place in the composites industry. They involve, for example, the development of natural and bio-based fibres and resins, along with cleaner and more efficient processes.
You?ll find all the news of this drive towards a greener tomorrow right here.

Adrian Wilson, editor

Light enough to float

Thursday, 21 May 2015

article thumbnailA new metal matrix composite that is so light it can float on water could result in boats that don’t sink despite damage to their structures. The new material, developed by Deep Springs Technology...

Chemical stitching of preforms

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

article thumbnailThe aim of the Automated Chemical Stitching and Preforming (AChSo) project underway at the Bremen Fibre Institute in Germany is to develop an automated continuous process for manufacturing profile...


More fibres with new Acrodur

Thursday, 07 May 2015

article thumbnailBASF’s new Acrodur Power 2750 X binder is designed for the production of natural fibre composites for automotive lightweight applications such as interior car door panels or shelves. As a...

3D printed parts at Airbus

Thursday, 07 May 2015

article thumbnailAirbus has now produced more than 1,000 flight parts on its Stratasys FDM 3D production systems for use in A350 XWB aircraft, first delivered in December 2014. The 3D printed parts are used in...