Hexcel congratulates on Airbus A320neo and other company news
Hexcel Corporation congratulates Airbus on the first delivery of the A320neo (new engine option) to Lufthansa on January 20, 2016. This significant milestone is being celebrated by Hexcel, a major supplier of composite materials for the A320neo airframe and for both engine options, CFM International’s LEAP-1A and the PurePower PW1100G-JM from Pratt & Whitney that powered the aircraft delivered. On January 19, 2016 Hexcel announced also that it will expand its global engineered core capacity by building a 117,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Casablanca, Morocco
The Airbus A320neo single aisle aircraft is a more efficient re-engined version of the highly successful Airbus A320. Both engine choices incorporate significant quantities of weight-saving, performance-enhancing composite materials from Hexcel.
For the Pure Power PW1100G-JM engine Hexcel supplies HexPly® 8552 woven and UD carbon prepreg for the fan cowl doors and nacelle IFS (inner fixed structure). Hexcel also supplies engineered core components for the IFS and the fan case.
For the LEAP-1A Hexcel supplies HexTow® IM7 carbon fiber for all the fan blades and containment cases, in addition to supplying HexPly® carbon prepreg for the nacelles and engineered core for the inner trans cowl.
In addition to the new engines, the A320neo benefits from fuel-saving Sharklet wingtip devices that are manufactured using Hexcel’s HexPly® M21 and M21E carbon fiber/epoxy prepreg. The Sharklets reduce fuel burn, increase payload range and improve take-off performance.
New plant in Morocco
On January 19, 2016 Hexcel announced also that it will expand its global engineered core capacity by building a 117,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Casablanca, Morocco.
The new facility is part of Hexcel’s ongoing worldwide investment to create a diversified and robust global supply chain to support aerospace customers’ growing demand for engineered core. Engineered core is formed and machined honeycomb materials used for light weighting in structural applications such as aircraft secondary structures, nacelles, and helicopter blades. In recent years, Hexcel has increased its capacity at existing plants to support its current engineered core business and plans further expansions to capture additional opportunities in a global market with excellent growth potential.
The new Moroccan plant will be built at the MidParc Free Trade Zone (FTZ) Industrial Park, located close to Morocco’s Mohammed V airport and near several Hexcel customers including Safran (Aircelle), Airbus (STELIA), Matis (a joint venture between Boeing and Safran) and Bombardier. Construction on the $20 million project begins in the spring, and the plant is expected to be fully operational by mid-2017. By 2020, it is expected to employ more than 200 people.
Hexcel’s Chairman, CEO and President, Nick Stanage, said: “We believe engineered core has an excellent growth outlook and global upside potential. This new plant will position us to win new business to supply engineered core for engines and nacelles and other commercial aerostructure applications. We expect to partner more closely with our key customer base in Europe, Middle East, Africa and North America through this new Moroccan center of excellence.”
Bob Noble, Vice President, Partnering for Success, Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, “Through our joint venture Matis, Boeing has been an anchor of the growing Moroccan aerospace ecosystem since 2000. We welcome Hexcel’s new facility, which will serve to further expand regional capabilities, increasing the value Morocco offers aerospace companies around the world.”
Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials, including carbon fibers, reinforcements, prepregs, honeycomb, matrix systems, adhesives and composite structures, used in commercial aerospace, space and defense and industrial applications such as wind turbine blades.