Hexcel says that it will be developing a new prepreg as part of the UK-based Aerospace and Automotive Supply Chain Enabled (ASCEND) development project.

The project focuses on developing manufacturing and processing technologies to make new, more lightweight composite materials.

Hexcel says that it plans to develop a new HexPly fast cure prepreg system to reduce component processing times compared to existing aerospace prepregs. As well as this, its liquid composite molding (LCM) products will be incorporated into the ASCEND project work packages. The project will use both HiTape advanced unidirectional dry carbon reinforcements and HiMax multiaxial non-crimp fabrics reinforcements.

‘We are proud to be part of the ASCEND program, and we look forward to working with other leading companies as we develop processes and materials that help to make the next generation of sustainable air mobility, aerospace, and automotive vehicles possible,’ said Paul Mackenzie, CTO at Hexcel.

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