Hexcel To Build New Carbon Fibre Plant

Aerospace supplier Hexcel is spending $250m on a new carbon fibre production plant in Roussillon, France, in response to the rise in use of composite materials in aircraft manufacture.

Aerospace supplier Hexcel is spending $250m on a new carbon fibre production plant in Roussillon, France, in response to the rise in use of composite materials in aircraft manufacture.

The new facilities will include precursor and carbon fibre lines, as well as quality control laboratories and will be located on a 15 hectacre site near to Hexcel’s weaving and prepreg manufacturing facilities.

Carbon fibre from the plant, which is expected to open in early 2018, will be used in the A350 and CFM’s LEAP engine.

Construction of the plant is set to begin by mid-2015 and Hexcel predicts it will employ 120 people when fully operational.

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