Hexcel has been awarded a multi-year contract to produce aerospace structures for the Boeing 777X twi engine jet.

The company will make the parts of its HexPEKK-100 material at its additive manufacturing (AM) site in Connecticut, USA. HexPEKK components can be manufactured-to-print for commercial aerospace, defense and space applications and meet interior aircraft smoke and toxicity requirements, Hexcel said. HexPEKK end-use components – as well as the company’s HexAM additive manufacturing process – were added to Boeing’s qualified provider list (QPL) in 2019.

Parts selected by Boeing for the 777X range include various air flow ducting applications, as well as other supporting elements on the aircraft. Production of these parts is expected to begin later this year, according to the company.

‘We are pleased that Boeing has selected our additive manufacturing technology for these parts, and we appreciate their confidence in HexPEKK solutions for commercial aerospace applications,’ said Colleen Pritchett, Hexcel president.

This story uses material from Hexcel, with editorial changes made by Materials Today.