STAMFORD, Conn., March 15, 2022 – Hexcel Corporation (NYSE: HXL) hosted customers and public officials today at its manufacturing site in the Midparc Free Trade Zone in Casablanca as the company broke ground on an expansion that will double the size of its existing engineered core manufacturing operation in Morocco to meet increased demand from aerospace customers for lightweight advanced composites.
The expansion, announced in September 2021, is expected to be completed in early 2023. The plant size will double to 24,000 square meters and employment is expected to increase from 120 to 400 people when the expansion is completed.
The Casablanca facility was built as part of Hexcel’s ongoing worldwide investment to create a diversified and robust global supply chain to support aerospace customers’ growing demand for engineered core. At the plant, Hexcel transforms lightweight honeycomb materials into engineered core parts to reinforce structures in the aerospace industry, particularly for aircraft, engine nacelles, and helicopter blades.
At the event, Thierry Merlot, Hexcel President – Aerospace for Europe, MEA/AP & Industrial, said, “We are pleased to celebrate this milestone with our customers and with the local community. The increased demand for lightweight, aerodynamic, advanced composites is growing, and our customers including Safran, Airbus, Airbus Atlantic, Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems have shown confidence in our ability to meet that demand. We appreciate the support from them as well as from the Ministry and everyone in the local community who continue providing us with the opportunity to further our investment in Morocco. The very successful establishment of Hexcel, the qualification of the workforce, the support of the state and the proximity of our customers have been real assets to launch this extension of our site in Casablanca.”
Ryad Mezzour, Minister of Industry & Trade said, “Hexcel’s decision to strengthen its presence at Midparc reflects the resilience, competitiveness and worldwide reputation of the Moroccan aerospace platform. We continue to support this project not only to help meet the growing demand for composite products but also to create more job opportunities for our youth and to further strengthen Morocco's competitiveness through advanced technology and a decarbonized, circular industrial base. “
Hamid Benbrahim El Andaloussi, President of Midparc, said “The groundbreaking of the extension of the Hexcel plant at Midparc marks the strong recovery of the aerospace sector in Morocco after the downturn caused by COVID-19. In addition, it reflects a renewed confidence by Hexcel, a leader in advanced composite materials, in Morocco and in Midparc.”
In the top photo are, from left to right: Maria El Filali, General Director of GIMAS (Groupement des Industries Marocaines Aeronautiques et Spatiales); Karim Cheikh, President of GIMAS; Chater Abdellah, Governor of Nouaceur region; Hamid Benbrahim, Président of Midparc; Abdellatif Maazouz, Président of Casablanca region; Meryem El Alaoui, Plant Manager, Hexcel Casablanca; Ryad Mezzour, Minister of Industry and Trade; Thierry Merlot, Hexcel President, Aerospace -- Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa & Industrial; and Lawrence M. Randolph, U.S. Consul General to Casablanca.
Hexcel Corporation is a global leader in advanced lightweight composites technology. We propel the future of flight, energy generation, transportation, and recreation through excellence in providing innovative high-performance material solutions that are lighter, stronger and tougher, helping to create a better world for us all. Our broad and unrivaled product range includes carbon fiber, specialty reinforcements, prepregs and other fiber-reinforced matrix materials, honeycomb, resins, engineered core and composite structures for use in commercial aerospace, space and defense, and industrial applications.
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