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Metals, Polymers, Composites

Site Selection

Investment Amount:

Roussillon, France

The Need 

Global Location Strategies consultants were engaged by Hexcel to use their site selection expertise to help bring Hexcel Precursor Technology, and appropriate Carbon Fiber manufacturing capacity, to Europe.

Our Provided Solution 

GLS received a total of 63 sites from 17 countries during Phase I of this project, of which 38 made it through the first round of screening.

Phase II included an in-depth round of additional screening and financial and qualitative analysis, after which 9 sites remained. During Phase III, site visits were conducted with both GLS and Hexcel personnel and the site search was narrowed down to only 3 remaining sites.

The final site selected for the new investment was in an industrial park in Roussillon, France, in close proximity to Hexcel’s weaving and prepreg manufacturing facilities near Lyon. Carbon fiber from the plant will be supplied to Hexcel customers including Airbus and Safran. Construction of the new plant began in mid-2015.