Hexcel breaks ground on new Moroccan core plant

The plant will be fully operational in 2017 where it will convert HexWeb honeycomb materials into engineered core parts for aerospace applications.

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Hexcel (Stamford, CT, US) broke ground on April 26th at a new $20 million engineered core facility at the MidParc Free Trade Zone Industrial Park in Casablanca, Morocco. When fully operational in 2017, the facility will convert HexWeb honeycomb materials into engineered core parts that are used for structural reinforcement and lightweighting in aerospace applications, including aircraft structures, engine nacelles and helicopter blades. In the interim, Hexcel will occupy a temporary facility on the Midparc site that will begin operating in Q4 2016. The plant is expected to employ more than 200 people by 2020.

“Morocco’s forward-looking industrial policy, economic growth plan and the establishment of industrial free trade zones influenced our choice of location. Morocco has a highly skilled, competitive workforce, is well situated geographically, and has a quality infrastructure -- all of which are key logistical criteria for our industry,” said Hexcel Vice President and General Manager Thierry Merlot. “Other deciding factors were the local Mohammed V international airport and the close proximity of several Hexcel customers including Safran (Aircelle), Airbus (STELIA), Daher, and Bombardier.”