The recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at Solvay’s expanded composite material factory in Oestringen, Germany, epitomizes a growing bet, by OEMs and suppliers, on the seemingly inexorable movement toward resin and carbon fiber for aerospace applications. This trend is translating into ongoing massive investment in research, development and production of these materials in Europe. Early in 2018, Hexcel’s new factory in Le Peage-de-Roussillon, France will begin supplying material to ...

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