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27th May 2016, Duxford

Hexcel opens new US$ 10 million UK based Innovation Centre

Hexcel Corporation, an advanced composites company, has officially opened a new US$ 10 million Innovation Centre in Duxford, UK.

Heading the ceremony were Marcus Bryson, Chair of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (AGP) and Chair of Aerospace at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, together with Nick Stanage, Hexcel’s Chairman, CEO and President.

A new US$ 10 million Innovation Centre in located in Duxford, UK. © Hexcel Corporation

Hexcel’s new Innovation Centre will support the growing demand for composite materials for aerospace and industrial markets. The building houses Hexcel’s chemistry and product development functions and is fully equipped with state-of-the-art formulation and analytical laboratories, mixer rooms, and microscopy and SEM laboratories.

Research centre

The Duxford site is Hexcel’s largest centre for research into resin systems and adhesives. Hexcel innovations in polymer chemistry and material science, together with advanced fibres from the USA, were instrumental in the company being selected to supply all of the carbon fibre prepregs for the Airbus A350 XWB primary structures.

A new facility is Hexcel’s largest centre for research into resin systems and adhesives. © Hexcel Corporation

Duxford is also Hexcel’s centre of excellence for process technology including product scale-up and research into new processes for making composite materials, including quality control methods, the company reports.

Expansion

“I am grateful to Hexcel’s leadership team for approving the expansion we see today. We had outgrown the current Technical Centre and welcome this new building and the facilities provided for the 21st century,” commented Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Paul Mackenzie.

“Our scientists dedicated to aerospace and industrial matrix development have now moved into the Innovation Centre and the building is already resonating with activity.”

Hexcel’s new Innovation Centre will support the growing demand for composite materials for aerospace and industrial markets. © Hexcel Corporation

Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials, including carbon fibres, reinforcements, prepregs, honeycomb, matrix systems, adhesives and composite structures, used in commercial aerospace, space and defense and industrial applications such as wind turbine blades.

www.hexcel.com

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