Marine

Composite materials were first used in the marine industry back in the 1970s, when Hexcel supplied glass reinforcements for performance boats, canoes and dinghies. Since then, Hexcel has developed a wide range of composite materials to meet marine industry requirements.

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HexTow® Carbon Fibers

Hexcel manufactures a full range of HS, IM & HM fibers from its own PAN. The success achieved by winning competition yachts built with Hexcel materials has led the introduction of unique products including HexTow® IM7, IM2 and HM63 carbon fibers.

HiMax™ Multiaxial Reinforcements

Hexcel is a leading manufacturer of HiMax™ non-crimp fabrics, supplying a wide range of Lloyds Register approved fabrics for boat-building. In addition to the standard range of E-glass and carbon NCF, Hexcel works closely with customers to understand their specific requirements and propose customized solutions. Hexcel also offers a unique method of tackifying fabrics called HiMax™ DPA (Dot Pattern Adhesive), designed to help composite manufacturers maintain the desired position of the reinforcement prior to resin introduction. Our market leading HiMax™ range includes our ultra-lightweight carbon biaxials, reinforcements with micromesh, woven with enhanced infusion and non-print through as well as carbon unidirectional tapes, solutions for infusion control and non-stitch finish.

HexPly® Prepregs

Prepregs are fiber-reinforced resins that cure under heat and pressure to form exceptionally strong yet lightweight components. Hexcel is a world leader in prepreg technology and has developed products to meet the demanding requirements for competition yachts and high performance boats. HexPly® M79 is a low temperature curing prepreg, with a versatile cure cycle at temperatures from 70 to 100⁰C, and a managed exotherm reaction. HexPly® M9.1 (high tack) and M9.6 (moderate tack) enable short cure cycles at 100⁰C and provide an excellent balance between ease of processing and mechanical performance. HexPly® M37 is a prepreg with very high mechanical performance, including high dry and wet Tg, designed for racing boat structures.

HexForce® & PrimeTex® Reinforcements

Hexcel offers the largest range of woven reinforcements in the marine industry and is acknowledged by boat-builders around the world. HexForce® fabrics enable our marine customers to design high-performance boat structures with a full portfolio of carbon and glass woven reinforcements. A wide range of fiber selection, weaving styles and areal weights are available to meet industry requirements for hulls, decks or foils manufacturing. Hexcel also supplies PrimeTex® carbon reinforcements, processed to provide enhanced aesthetic appearance for high-quality boat parts thanks to smooth and closed weave fabric.

HexPly SuperFITTM

SuperFIT™ semipregs are a special subgroup of prepregs, while conventional HexPly prepregs are fully impregnated with epoxy resin. Semipregs differ as only one face of the product is tacky, the other remains dry. SuperFIT is available with glass or carbon reinforcements in various weights, fiber directions and different resin systems.

HexBondTM Adhesives

Hexcel formulates and manufactures a comprehensive range of structural film adhesives for the marine market. HexBond™ 609 is an elevated temperature curing modified epoxy film adhesive. Curing can be achieved over a range of temperatures from 100°C to 180°C with cures times from 5 to 240 minutes. This high-performance structural adhesive is suitable for bonding a variety of substrates. It is commonly used for the manufacture of strong, lightweight, metal and composite honeycomb sandwich structures. HexBond™ ST1035 adhesive film is an epoxy film designed for the manufacture of sandwich structures by composite or metallic skins and cores and for bonding a wide range of substrates. The adhesive also offers very flexible processing methods and cure temperatures from 90oC to 160oC as well as good tack for easy adhesive joint assembly.


Structure

Hull / Deck / Keel / Rudders / Foils / Crossbeams 

HexTow® IM7 & IM2 Carbon Fibers
HiMax™ Reinforcements
HexForce® PrimeTex® Fabrics
HexWeb® Honeycombs
Hexbond™ Adhesives
HexPly® M79 Prepregs
HexPly® M9.x Prepregs

Rigging

Mast/ Boom / Spar / Sails

HexTow® IM7 & IM2 Carbon Fibers
HexTow® HM63 Carbon Fiber
HiMax® Reinforcements
HexForce® PrimeTex® Fabrics
Hexbond™ Adhesives
HexPly® M79 Prepregs
HexPly® M9.x Prepregs