Hexcel breaks ground on new engineered core facility in Casablanca, Morocco

Hexcel breaks ground on new engineered core facility in Casablanca, Morocco

Hexcel broke ground on a new USD 20 million engineered core facility at the MidParc Free Trade Zone  Industrial  Park  in  Casablanca,  Morocco. PresidingHexcel Morocco  over  the groundbreaking  ceremony  were Hexcel Vice President and  General  Manager,  Thierry  Merlot,  and Mr. Moulay  Hafid  Elalamy,  Moroccan  Minister  for  Industry,  Commerce, Investment and Digital Economy. When  fully operational in 2017 the facility will convert HexWeb® honeycomb materials into engineered core parts that are  used  for  structural  reinforcement and  light  weighting  in  aerospace  applications,  including  aircraft structures,  engine nacelles and helicopter blades.In the interim,Hexcel will occupy a temporary facility on the Midparc site that will begin operating in Q4 2016. The plant is expected to employ more than 200 people by 2020.

The Casablanca 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. In recent years, Hexcel has increased capacity  at  existing  plants  to  support  its  engineered  core  business  and  plans  further  expansions  to  capture  additional opportunities in a global market with excellent growth potential.

HexcelAt the ceremony on April 26, 2016, Mr. Merlot commented: “Morocco’s forward-looking industrial policy, economic growth plan and the establishment of industrial  free  trade  zones  influenced our choice  of location.

Morocco has a highly skilled, competitive workforce, is well situated geographically, and has a quality infrastructure, all of which are key logistical criteria for our industry.

Other deciding factors were the local Mohammed V international airport, and the close  proximity of several Hexcel customers including Safran (Aircelle), Airbus (STELIA), Daher, and Bombardier,”he said.

Executive Vice President Performance and Competitiveness at Safran, Jean-Jacques Orsini, said at today’s event: “We welcome Hexcel’s decision to invest in Morocco and build an engineered core facility at the Midparc Industrial Park. Hexcel’s new plant will be close to our own Safran (Aircelle) plant that we opened in 2005, and having a supplier at such close proximity will create a very efficient supply chain that will benefit both of our companies and the aerospace industry more generally, not only in Morocco but around the world”.

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 defence and industrial applications such as wind turbine blades.

www.hexcel.com


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