Hexcel opens aerospace joint venture laboratory in Shanghai

The Future Aerospace Hexcel Commercial Composite Testing Ltd. (FAHCCT) is an aircraft composites testing lab built jointly by Hexcel, Progen and Future Aerospace.


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Hexcel (Stamford, Conn., U.S.) Progen (Heidelberg, Germany) and Future Aerospace have announced the opening of their new joint venture laboratory and materials testing facility in Shanghai, China.

The reported goal of Future Aerospace Hexcel Commercial Composite Testing Ltd. (FAHCCT) is to provide China with a world-class aerospace standard materials testing laboratory that provides technical services including support with materials qualification for commercial aircraft programs. Planned activities at the site will include mechanical and chemical testing of composite laminate specimens (including fatigue performance), material qualifications and provision of support for customer supply chains in China.

This extensive new laboratory, with more than 1,000 square meters of floor space, will be fully operational in the coming weeks, employing 18 technicians to perform testing of composite materials for commercial aerospace customers in China and the wider Asian region.

The new laboratory was awarded AS9100 certification in May 2019 and will work on existing and future aerospace customer specifications using new equipment and standards that are already in use at other Hexcel facilities worldwide.

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