Hexcel and Arkema to open Joint Research and Development Laboratory in France
Hexcel and Arkema will open a joint research and development laboratory in Les Avenières (Isère), France in April.
The companies’ objective at this new lab is to develop carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic prepreg tapes to enable lightweight parts to be produced for future generations of aircraft.
An initial industrial pilot line will be installed in the new lab in the coming weeks. The companies expect to start supplying carbon/thermoplastic UD tapes from this pilot line to customers for evaluation beginning in Q3 2019.