Hexcel and Safran have signed a long term contract for the supply of composite materials for the LEAP-1 engine programs. The contract covers Hexcel’s HexTow IM7 carbon fibre that will be used to manufacture all LEAP-1 engine fan blades and containment cases, including the LEAP-1A selected for the Airbus A320 NEO; the LEAP-1B selected for the Boeing 737MAX and the LEAP-1C selected for COMAC 919.
Under the terms of the contract Hexcel will also supply Safran with HexPly carbon prepreg, for the manufacture of the A320 NEO nacelles. Nick Stanage, Hexcel President and COO said;
This contract is the culmination of a long-term relationship between Safran and Hexcel which started more than 30 years ago, based on innovation and continuous improvements to further increase the penetration of composite materials in aerospace engines, we thank Safran for their commitment and look forward to our ongoing supply of high performance, weight saving carbon fibre and prepregs