Last Tuesday, the American group Hexcel announced that in 2015 they intend to invest 250 million dollars (200 million euros) in the construction of a new carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Roussillon.

The investment programme includes production lines for the chemical precursor polyacrylonitriles (PAN) and carbon fiber lines at Les Roches-Roussillon chemical park. The $250 million investment will also include the associated Quality Control laboratories and offices. This new plant will cater for the fabrication of the future A350 XWB Airbus and the CFM Leap engine, co-venture of SAFRAN and General Electric.

Construction of the new plant will begin by mid-2015 on a 37 acre site and it is expected to employ 120 people when fully operational in early 2018. Aderly and its partners have been working for several months on this substantial program, illustrating the appeal of the Rhône Alpes region among foreign investors.

 

Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials used in commercial aerospace, space and defense and industrial applications such as wind turbine blades.