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has been taking the lead in efforts
to identify new applications for new
materials and cost effective processes in advanced structural materials.
Developing such new applications, in fact, is an important driver
of future growth for the company.
Quest minivan uses Hexcel honeycomb to help reduce critical head injuries
1998 Pro Forma Hexcel Sales: $1,235 million
Total 1998 Pro Forma General Industrial Sales: $163 million, or
FLOORS: One-piece cab floors for Kenworth T2000 trucks are produced
by Hexcel using a unique injection pultrusion process. These lightweight
panels offer superior performance and less assembly time than traditional
HIGH-SPEED TRAINS: Hexcel’s new fire-resistant, low temperature
curing M34 prepreg was used to build the driver’s cab of the new
VT 612 train from Adtranz.
HIGH-SPEED FERRIES: Hexlite panels are used in the interiors of
many high-speed ferries and ships. The superior stiffness and low
weight of the panels provides design flexibility and rapid installation.
WAS THE AEROSPACE
industry that first recognized the value and benefits of advanced structural
materials. In the years during and after World War II, first military
aerospace and later commercial aerospace were transformed by lightweight,
high strength materials manufactured by Hexcel and others.
Fu t u r e R e v e n u e S o u r c
commercial and military aerospace continue to be important markets for
Hexcel, and that is not likely to change in the foreseeable future. However,
many other major industries throughout the world are experimenting with
advanced structural materials. While many of these new applications may
take time to develop, they represent a future revenue source with enormous
has been taking the lead in efforts to identify new applications and expand
existing applications for our materials outside aerospace. We are also
focused on developing and commercializing new, lower-cost processes for
making advanced structural materials and parts from these materials. These
efforts are an important driver for the company’s future growth. To that
end, Hexcel Ventures was created in late 1997 to bring together research
and technology, engineering, manufacturing and marketing resources to
pursue selected longer term opportunities in these areas that would complement
the numerous programs being pursued in the global business units.
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P o t e n t i a l
Among the markets
that offer attractive potential for increased use of advanced structural
- Surface transportation,
including high-speed and mass transit trains, high-speed ferries and
other marine vessels, autos and trucks. During 1998, we delivered our
10,000th composite floor for the Kenworth T2000 brand of long-haul trucks.
- Automotive applications.
The makers of the popular Nissan Quest minivan are using Hexcel’s new
energy-absorbing honeycomb technology to enhance passenger safety. Hexcel
components are installed in the headliner section of the van, where
a person’s head could make contact in an impact. Nissan’s choice of
Hexcel honeycomb as the most efficient solution will ensure compliance
with a new US safety regulation and help reduce critical head injuries
- Civil engineering
and construction. During 1998, Hexcel established a global strategic
alliance with Sika Finanz AG, a worldwide leader in construction chemicals
and structural adhesives, to develop and market composite systems to
the construction industry. Initial applications focus on projects involving
the strengthening and repair of existing structures using composite
materials. Hexcel takes leadership for the development and manufacture
of advanced structural materials for the alliance, while Sika leads
the marketing and sales efforts.
- Uses for structural
fabrics that go beyond fiberglass electronic materials. These include
decorative and architectural fabrics and soft body armor.
- Wind energy blades,
a market that is quite active in Europe.
ENERGY: Wind power technology requires large wind generator blades
capable of withstanding harsh climactic conditions for long periods
of time. Demand for increasingly larger wind turbine blades to produce
greater energy output is creating a developing market of low weight
structural composite materials.
WINDOW BLINDS: Hexcel’s specialty fiberglass fabrics provide the
ideal insulation solution for windows and other interior decorating
dilemmas. Hexcel blind and screen fabrics are washable, durable
and available in hundreds of colors and patterns.
RETROFIT: Hexcel’s civil engineering and construction systems for
buildings and other structures are cost competitive, are easy to
install and offer attractive repair, strengthening and earthquake
BODY ARMOR: Aramid fabrics are found in bullet, fragment and stab
resistant soft body armor used worldwide. Hexcel’s Hexguard ® fabric
is used in retrofitted door and ceiling panels of VIP vehicles.