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12th September 2016, Augsburg

Hexcel to highlight aerospace and automotive technologies at Experience Composites

Hexcel Corporation, a leading advanced composites company, will be exhibiting at Experience Composites (Hall 3 – Stand 353) which takes place in Augsburg, Germany from 12-23 September 2016, where it will showcase its latest solutions for aerospace and automotive applications.

The new trade fair and symposium was conceived by JEC Group in partnership with Carbon Composites e.V., and Hexcel’s presence as the Official Sponsor of the Innovation Showcase, located at the heart of the show in hall 3, will provide the opportunity to meet with customers and show visitors some of the latest composite technologies benefiting aerospace and automotive customers in particular.

HiTape advanced dry carbon fibre reinforcements that allow dry preforms to be manufactured in an automated process at very high deposition rates. © Hexcel.

For aerospace structures, Hexcel has developed HiTape advanced dry carbon fibre reinforcements that allow dry preforms to be manufactured in an automated process at very high deposition rates.  The preforms are infused with Hexcel’s RTM6 epoxy resin in a cost-efficient out of autoclave process. The cured structures can be up to 30mm thick and have a fibre volume content up to 60%, allowing them to achieve mechanical properties that are as high as those obtained with primary structure prepregs.

For automotive visitors, Hexcel will also be promoting its innovative CFRP technology that has been introduced in the BMW 7 series to save weight and reinforce the metal shell of the B-pillar, the support posts that connect a vehicle’s roof to its body at the rear of the front door. Hexcel supplies BMW with preforms made of unidirectional carbon prepreg set in various orientations and combined with adhesive. The prepreg is made from Hexcel’s HexPly M77 resin system that cures in just 1.5 minutes at 160°C.

Hexcel Corporation 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 defence, and industrial applications such as wind turbine blades.

www.hexcel.com

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