Paris Air Show 2013: Safran and Hexcel sign composite materials supply agreement for all LEAP-1 engines

This CFM video reviews the LEAP engine technology.  

The contract covers Hexcel’s HexTow® IM7 carbon fibre, which will be used to manufacture all LEAP-1 engine fan blades and containment cases, including the LEAP-1A selected for the Airbus A320 NEO, the LEAP-1B selected for the Boeing 737MAX, and the LEAP-1C selected for COMAC 919.

Under the terms of the contract Hexcel will also supply Safran with HexPly® carbon fibre prepreg for the manufacture of the A320 NEO nacelles.

“This contract is the culmination of a long term relationship between Safran and Hexcel which started more than 30 years ago, based on innovation and continuous improvements to further increase the penetration of composite materials in aerospace engines,“ comments Nick Stanage, Hexcel President and COO. 

“Composite materials will take more and more room in Safran's products and Hexcel is our partner to sustain the growth," says Xavier Dessemond, Vice President Purchasing of Safran.

“Hexcel has been accompanying us for years in the development of key materials for the success of the LEAP-1 Engines as well as for nacelle structures.”