Materials testing lab for commercial aerospace to open in China


Composites manufacturer Hexcel is to establish a materials testing lab in Lingang, China with aerospace parts manufacturer Future Aerospace to offering testing services to commercial aerospace companies in China and the Asia Pacific region.

This aerospace standard material test laboratory will ease material qualification and support certification for new programs by testing composite laminate specimens and facilitating material qualifications, said Hexcel.

Thierry Merlot, Hexcel’s president, aerospace – Europe, Middle East and Asia, said, “This investment is in response to local customer demand and demonstrates our commitment to support the commercial aerospace industry’s growing use of composite materials in China.”

Han Hua, chairman of Future Aerospace, which makes aircraft and aerospace engine parts and components, said, “The collaboration enables Future Aerospace and Hexcel to play a key role in supporting the development and implementation of composite material applications in commercial aerospace industries in China for both Chinese and global aerospace customers.”

The laboratory is planned to open in September 2018 when it will be making composite coupons for mechanical testing, building on the work that Hexcel already carries out at its European and American sites.

June 4, 2018


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