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Hexcel (NYSE: HXL) is a materials company incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut that manufactures advanced composite materials and structural parts. The company was founded in 1946 and its first product was supplying honeycomb for the construction of military bombers.
Hexcel claims to be the largest US producer of carbon fiber; a major weaver of structural fabrics; the number one producer of composite materials such as honeycomb, prepreg, film adhesives and sandwich panels; and a leading manufacturer of composite parts and structures. Hexcel's primary markets are aerospace, defense, wind energy and high performance industrial markets including automotive, marine and recreation. In 1971 Hexcel was famous for the manufacture of alpine skis; these days Hexcel is a major supplier of composite materials for ski and snowboard manufacture, supplying the leading brands.
Hexcel has manufacturing facilities in West Valley City, Utah; Casa Grande, Arizona; Seguin, Texas; Decatur, Alabama; Pottsville, Pennsylvania; Burlington, Washington; Parla, Spain; Duxford, Cambridgeshire; Neumarkt im Hausruckkreis, Austria; Tianjin, China; Les Avenieres, France; Dagneux, France; and Welkenraedt, Belgium.