Design Engineering

Aerospace suppliers Woodward, Hexcel to merge

By Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press   

General Defense

Combined entity to become one of aerospace and defence industry’s largest suppliers.

Turbine engine control and combustion systems maker, Woodward, and Hexcel, a leader in advanced composites technology, are merging in an all-stock deal that would create one of the largest suppliers in the aerospace and defence industry. The companies say the tie-up will allow them to create more efficient aircraft that will reduce emissions, a big hurdle for the aerospace industry.

“The future of flight and energy efficiency will be defined by next-generation platforms delivering lower cost of ownership, reduced emissions, and enhanced safety – and a combined Hexcel and Woodward will be at the forefront of this evolution,” Hexcel CEO Nick Stanage said in a prepared statement.

The new company, called Woodward Hexcel, will generate more than $5 billion in annual sales with a market capitalization nearing $14 billion and more than 16,000 employees. Woodward Hexcel will have manufacturing operations in 14 countries on five continents.

Stanage will serve as CEO of the combined company. Woodward President, Chairman and CEO Tom Gendron will serve as executive chairman of the combined company until the first anniversary of the merger’s closing. At that time Gendron plans to retire and will then serve as non-executive chairman of the combined company until the second anniversary of the merger’s closing. At that point, Stanage will take on the additional role of chairman.


The combined company’s board will have 10 members, consisting of five directors from each company, including Gendron and Stanage. It will be based in Fort Collins, Colorado, where Woodward has its headquarters. Hexcel is based in Stamford, Connecticut.

The deal is expected to close in the third quarter, but still needs approval from the shareholders of both companies, as well as the required regulatory approvals.


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