Hexcel, Arkema and partners have reportedly received a €6 million investment to improve unidirectional UD tape design.

The companies’ joint collaborative project, entitled Highly Automatized Integrated Composites for Performing Adaptable Structures (HAICoPAS) received the support from France’s Investissements d’Avenir program.

According to Hexcel, HAICoPAS aims at improving UD tape design and its manufacturing process in composite part production, and also targets the development of UD tape placement technology and a new system providing the ability to assemble final parts by welding with in line quality control. The main objective of the project is reportedly reducing the weight of primary aerospace structures, high volume automotive structural parts, and oil and gas pipes, as well as focusing on recyclability and environmental benefits.

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