Stade is a city in Lower Saxony, located in the Hamburg metropolitan region of Northern Germany. A maritime town, Stade has a rich history and is blessed with many museums, notable architecture and an historic waterfront. Hexcel’s Stade plant was opened in 2007 and is located close to Airbus, its major customer. Hexcel’s satellite plant strategy was established to meet customer expectations in delivery and responsiveness, to enhance product quality, while making the overall supply chain more efficient and reliable. The Stade facility manufactures HexPly® prepreg tapes for Automated Tape Lay-up (ATL) and Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) processes. Prepregs are carbon fiber reinforcements that are impregnated with a formulated resin system. They are cured using heat and pressure to form lightweight, structural parts. Typical applications for HexPly® prepregs made in Stade are aircraft vertical stabilizers, pressure bulkheads, landing flaps and spoilers.