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Hexcel launches project to advance carbon fibre technologies
The aim is to develope progressive, cost-effective materials and manufacturing solutions for large aerospace and automotive composite structures

Hexcel, a global leader in advanced composites technologies, has announced that it will be launching a new Government-backed £7.4 million research and development project, MAXIM, and expanding its manufacturing facility in Leicester. The four-year Multi AXial Infused Materials (MAXIM) project, backed by the UK Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and match-funded by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, will be responsible for developing progressive, cost-effective materials and manufacturing solutions for large aerospace and automotive composite structures.

“Investment in this project - said Hexcel’s Thierry Merlot, President – Aerospace, Europe/MEA/Asia Pacific in Leicester - will allow Hexcel to advance key Out of Autoclave technologies that can provide a step change in the cost-effective production of composite parts for commercial aircraft and passenger cars. The project will support the development of new materials that the aerospace industry in particular can adopt with confidence to meet the high build rate requirements for future programmes”

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