Hexcel Corp. announced on September that it will expand its carbon fiber production capacity through the addition of new precursor and carbon fiber lines in Roussillon, France. The $250 million investment will also include associated quality-control laboratories and offices.
The new French plant will occupy a 150.000 m2 site at the Osiris Chemicals Industry Platform in Roussillon, which is close to Hexcel’s weaving and prepreg manufacturing facilities near Lyon. Carbon fiber from the new plant will be supplied to Hexcel customers, including Airbus and other suppliers for the A350 XWB. Construction of the new plant will begin by mid-2015 and it is expected to employ 120 people when fully operational in early 2018.
Hexcel said the new facility is part of the company’s ongoing worldwide investment to create a diversified and robust global supply chain to support aerospace customers’ growing demand for carbon fiber composites. In recent years, Hexcel has increased its precursor and carbon fiber capacities through targeted expansions at several existing facilities. Notably, Hexcel is investing in ongoing precursor and carbon fiber expansions in the U.S. and is currently installing its resin mixing and filming technology – first developed in Europe – in the U.S. as well. The new facility in France is the next step in support of European customers.
Based on the article “Toray, Hexcel announce European carbon fiber production expansions” published in Composites World