It is not every day that a U.S. company transfers technology onto European soil. This time, the move gives the continent’s commercial aircraft industry complete autonomy for a key resource—carbon fiber. And it can be seen as a fair return. Hexcel Corp., the Stamford, Connecticut-based composite materials specialist, has just opened an integrated factory in Salaise-sur-Sanne, near Lyon, and has benefited from the region’s deep-rooted know-how in weaving since it took over ...

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