Web Industries Opens Converting Facility in Stade, Germany
Stade location to focus on slitting carbon fiber prepreg material for Hexcel Corporation
MARLBOROUGH, MA. – May 16, 2012 – Web Industries recently opened its first international facility, located in Stade, Germany. Held in conjunction with Hexcel Corporation’s (NYSE: HXL) ceremonies celebrating the recent expansion to their prepreg manufacturing operation in Stade, the opening event was attended by composites and aerospace executives as well as local dignitaries.
Co-located on the grounds of the Hexcel prepreg plant, Web Industries’ Stade location will primarily convert carbon fiber prepreg material into composite slit tape for Hexcel and marks the first time the company’s proprietary PrecisonSlit™ technology and processes have been deployed outside of the United States. The composite slit tape will be used on Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) manufacturing lines to make components for the Airbus A350XWB and other legacy programs.
Locating the converting operation near the prepreg material production lines will dramatically cut the supply chain length, leading to increased manufacturing efficiencies, tighter quality assurances, and shorter lines of communication between Web Industries and Hexcel.
“It is a great honor to stand here with you in what we know will become Web Industries’ newest and most fully integrated composites processing center,” said Donald Romine, President and Chief Executive Officer of Web Industries, during the opening ceremony. “Four years in the making, the Hexcel-Web relationship and this joint operation represent the remarkable advances in supply chain support that are possible when each company is willing to imagine the exceptional and then invest in the hard work to make it happen.”
Commercial-scale production is expected to ramp up by December of this year, and the facility will eventually employ up to 70 people.
About Web Industries
For over 40 years, Web Industries has been a leader in providing contract manufacturing and development services for products involving flexible materials. It performs a full range of precision converting services, including slitting, spooling, winding, coating, laminating, and printing, and also offers a wide array of value-added services such as automated assembly and packaging, specialty plastic film extrusion, electronic document control, and complete supply-chain management solutions. Web has a long history of applying expertise, innovative thinking and creative problem solving to speed time to market and drive costs down in order to ensure our customers’ product success.
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