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Hexcel, Vestas expand supply agreement for wind blade composites

Blade for Vestas turbine. Author: Lars Plougmann. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

October 17 (Renewables Now) - Hexcel Corp (NYSE:HXL) on Monday said it has expanded its long-term relationship with Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) to supply composite materials for new generation turbine blades.

Under a multi-year deal, the US advanced composites manufacturer will provide advanced prepreg (glass fiber-reinforced resin systems) to the Danish wind turbine maker. Hexcel will produce the material at its plants in Neumarkt, Austria, Windsor, Colorado, and Tianjin, China.  

The US company said the technology provides for energy savings thanks to a low temperature cure cycle and also enables shorter cycle times for higher throughput, which results in a cost optimised and efficient manufacturing process.

"By continuing the long-term partnership with Hexcel, we will continue to bring down the cost of energy through our companies’ combined strengths and hereby enhance Vestas’ competitiveness through market-leading blade manufacturing," said Vestas executive vice president Jean-Marc Lechene.

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