October 24, 2016: Hexcel is exhibiting at Air Show China 2016, taking place in Zhuhai on November 1-6, to support customers in the Chinese aerospace industry and promote a range of composite technologies for civil aircraft, engines and helicopter programs. Hexcel has a dedicated sales office including customer service and technical support in Shanghai and an industrial prepreg plant in Tianjin.
At Air Show China Hexcel will display a section of a composite beam manufactured from Hexcel’s HexPly® M21 unidirectional carbon fiber prepreg in which the fiber tows are all oriented in the same direction for optimal stiffness and strength. The beam was manufactured by hot forming the prepreg in a new cost-effective alternative to autoclave-curing for aircraft structures.
The HexPly® M21 and HexPly® M91 families of prepreg offer outstanding all round levels of performance for airframe components on commercial aircraft including regional jets and are suitable for automated and manual lay-up and forming of aircraft structures. The materials are manufactured with a tightly controlled cure ply thickness thanks to Hexcel’s state-of-the art production technologies, including online monitoring. Hexcel is a world leader in developing and manufacturing prepregs for primary and secondary aircraft structures. Airbus recently extended Hexcel’s contract to supply carbon fiber prepreg for all of the A350 XWB primary composite structures through 2030.