Hexcel's site at Les Avenieres is located 60 miles from Lyon, in South-Eastern France. Les Avenieres is a small town in the department of Isere that is located in the countryside not far from the foothills of the French Alps.
Hexcel's facility has had a presence at Les Avenieres since 1939. The site was initially set up by silk weaver Genin & Cie to weave technical fabrics for hot air balloons and parachutes. There are currently two Reinforcements plants on site: one dedicated to glass fabrics that was built in the early 1980's and a newer facility that opened in 2003 and is dedicated to carbon reinforcement materials.
Hexcel's Les Avenieres plant is Hexcel's European center of excellence for carbon fiber reinforcements, having developed carbon technologies such as enhanced weaving and new multiaxials. The site is also Hexcel's Headquarters for Reinforcements R&T.
The reinforcements made at Hexcel's Les Avenieres facility are converted into prepregs or used in other composite manufacturing technologies where the end applications range from aerospace and defense markets to automotive, marine and rail industries.