Hexcel Opens Prepreg Plant Extension in Parla, Spain

Septemebr 24 2012

Hexcel has officially opened an extension to its prepreg plant in Parla, Spain, doubling capacity at the facility in order to support increasing build rates for the Airbus A350 XWB and legacy programmes.

At Parla, Hexcel manufactures HexPly prepreg tape using Hexcel’s HexTow carbon fiber. Over 50% of the Airbus A350 XWB structure is made from composites and HexPly M21E/IMA from Hexcel is the carbon fiber prepreg of choice for all the A350 XWB primary structures, including the wing and tail cone sections that are manufactured by the nearby Airbus Spain plant and Airbus subcontractors in Europe.

Prepregs have been manufactured at the Parla plant for the last 23 years, with the first prepregs delivered to Airbus in 1989. The new prepreg plant at Parla will convert this carbon fiber into the prepreg tape that is used for automated processing of composites.

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