Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Hexcel will supply Vestas with glass fibre prepreg manufactured at its plants in Austria, US and China.
Hexcel has developed a new prepreg system to meet the requirements for large, thick structures such as wind blades. This product is said to allow for significant energy savings in the curing process thanks to a low temperature cure cycle. It also enables much shorter cycle times for higher throughput, providing a cost optimised and efficient manufacturing process, Hexcel reports.
Hexcel composite materials have been part of Vestas platforms for more than 20 years.
“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,” states Jean-Marc Lechêne, Executive Vice President – Vestas Wind Systems.