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Hexcel doubles the size of its plant in Morocco

The manufacturer of advanced composite materials has announced the expansion of its Casablanca plant within the MidParc free zone. The extension is expected to be completed in early 2023. The site’s production area will double to 24,000 m².

In its Casablanca plant, Hexcel transforms lightweight honeycomb materials into engineered core machined parts to strengthen structures in the aeronautics sector, more specifically for aircraft structures, engine nacelles and blades of helicopter. Hexcel laid the foundation stone for construction in 2016 and opened the site in 2018.

Hexcel currently employs 120 people and plans to eventually reach more than 400 employees in Casablanca. Concerned about the environmental impact, the manufacturer will equip this new extension with solar panels in order to limit its carbon footprint. Despite the context of the health crisis, it is maintaining its investment momentum and is preparing for a recovery in civil aeronautics, in particular in the production of medium-haul aircraft. Hexcel continues to strengthen and diversify its global supply chain to meet demand.

“Hexcel is now confirming its choice to invest in Morocco, like many aeronautics players like our neighbors and Midparc customers: Stelia Aerospace (Airbus), Safran and Spirit AeroSystems. The very successful establishment of Hexcel, the qualification of the workforce, the support of the state and the proximity of our customers were real assets in launching this extension of our Casablanca site”, underlined Thierry Merlot, President of the Aeronautics Division for Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa & Industry.

“This is a particular dynamic that the aeronautics sector in Morocco is experiencing today. The global impact of the pandemic has not altered the attractiveness of the Moroccan platform, which has gained international fame under the enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI. As evidenced by this new investment from the world leader in advanced composite materials, which renews its confidence in the Morocco destination and reinforces the role of the Kingdom in the decarbonization of air transport”, noted for his part Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Minister of Commerce, Industry and the green and digital economy.

“Excel’s decision to launch the extension of its current site confirms the success of its establishment at MidParc and further strengthens the quality partnership developed between the two companies,” added Hamid Benbrahim El Andaloussi, President of Midparc.

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