Hexcel’s Chris Harrington to present new technologies for the high volume manufacture of automotive CFRP hybrid structures at Multicomp 2017

DUXFORD, UK, June 8, 2017 -- At Multicomp 2017, taking place at Nottingham Conference Centre on June 14-15, Hexcel’s Chris Harrington will be presenting new composite technologies for the high volume manufacture of CFRP/metal hybrid structures in the automotive industry.

Multicomp is a new conference organized by NetComposites to bring together researchers, designers, manufacturers and end-users to showcase the latest developments in hybrid composite solutions within high value sectors such as automotive, aerospace, rail and energy.

Hybrid components that combine composites and metal in the same part are becoming increasingly popular in vehicle designs, allowing engineers to combine the best properties of each material in a single lightweight hybrid design. However, a number of challenges have to be overcome, which Chris Harrington will describe in his presentation before explaining how Hexcel has developed a new fast-curing carbon fiber/epoxy prepreg for the automated production of prepreg stacks, and a new film adhesive - Redux® 677. These products work in conjunction to provide an optimized solution for the automated manufacturing of automotive CFRP hybrid structures.

Chris Harrington is Section Leader R&T at Hexcel, based at the company’s new Innovation Centre in Duxford, UK. With 20 years’ experience in the development, scale up and qualification of advanced composite materials Chris manages Hexcel’s Industrial Research group, which focuses on product development and technology leadership in Automotive and Wind Energy sectors worldwide.


Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials including carbon fibers, specialty reinforcements, prepregs and other fiber-reinforced matrix materials, honeycomb, adhesives, engineered core and composite structures for use in commercial aerospace, space and defense and industrial applications.

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