Stamford, Conn.-based Hexcel Corp. has expanded its existing supply agreement with Vestas to provide composite materials for wind blades.
Under the terms of the multiyear agreement, Hexcel will supply Vestas with advanced prepreg (glass fiber-reinforced resin systems) manufactured at Hexcel plants in Neumarkt, Austria; Windsor, Colo.; and Tianjin, China.
Hexcel says it developed a new prepreg system designed specifically to meet the requirements for large, thick structures such as wind blades. The product enables significant energy-savings in the curing process, thanks to the low temperature cure cycle, the company says. It also enables shorter cycle times for higher throughput, providing a cost-efficient manufacturing process.
“Hexcel composite materials have been part of Vestas platforms for more than 20 years, so we are honored that the company chose to continue its long-term relationship with us,” says Nick Stanage, president and CEO of Hexcel. “Hexcel is committed to providing innovative solutions to Vestas and its customers for many years to come.”