SALAISE-SUR-SANNE, FRANCE—Hexcel opened a carbon-fiber factory Oct. 2 that is expected to secure the supply of composite materials for two major aviation programs in Europe, the Airbus A350 and the CFM Leap engine. The factory manufactures carbon fiber and its precursor, polyacrylonitrile (PAN). Thus far, Hexcel's only PAN production facility has been in Decatur, Alabama. Both Airbus and Safran for several years have been asking Hexcel to build a similar facility in Europe. Airbus ...


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