Hexcel employs more than 250 people who work in research and technology, and the company has more than 1,350 patents and pending applications worldwide.
Many of our manufacturing sites have research and technology centers where scientists and engineers work on projects specific to the location. In addition, we have primary R&T centers in the U.S. (Dublin, California) and Europe (Duxford, Cambridgeshire, U.K.). Our new state-of-the-art research center at Duxford demonstrates our commitment to continued innovation. The center opened in May 2016 and is our largest center for research into resin systems and adhesives. Hexcel Duxford also is our center of excellence for process technology including product scale-up and research into new processes for making composite materials, including quality control methods.
The new Innovation Center is supporting the growing worldwide demand for composite materials for aerospace and industrial markets. The building houses Hexcel’s chemistry and product development functions and is fully equipped with state-of-the-art formulation and analytical laboratories, mixer rooms, and microscopy and SEM laboratories.