The Duxford site in Cambridgeshire will be Hexcel’s largest center for research into resin systems and adhesives.
The Duxford site in Cambridgeshire will be Hexcel’s largest center for research into resin systems and adhesives.

Hexcel, a manufacturer of lightweight composite structures, reports that its new US$10 million Innovation Centre in Duxford, UK was officially opened today by Marcus Bryson, chair of the aerospace growth partnership (AGP) and Nick Stanage, Hexcel’s CEO.

The Duxford site in Cambridgeshire will be Hexcel’s largest center for research into resin systems and adhesives. It will also be the company’s center of excellence for process technology including product scale-up and research into new processes for making composite materials, including quality control methods

The building houses Hexcel’s chemistry and product development functions and is fully equipped with formulation and analytical laboratories, mixer rooms, and microscopy and SEM laboratories.

‘I am grateful to Hexcel’s leadership team for approving the expansion we see today,’ said vice president and chief technology officer Paul Mackenzie. ‘We had outgrown the current Technical Centre and welcome this new building and the facilities provided for the 21st century. Our scientists dedicated to aerospace and Industrial matrix development have now moved into the Innovation Centre and the building is already resonating with activity.’

This story is reprinted from material from Hexcel, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.