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A350 XWB wing lower and upper covers built with Hexcel prepreg

Hexcel’s HexPly® M21E/IMA carbon fibre prepreg is used to build all of the A350 XWB primary structures, including these wing covers, for which Hexcel has supplied prepreg in optimised forms for automated tape lay-up (ATL) and automated fibre placement (AFP).

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