Solvay doubles carbon fiber manufacturing capacity in the U.S.

The company added a new carbon fiber line to its facility in South Carolina.

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Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) has added a new carbon fiber production line at its Piedmont Facility in South Carolina. With this addition, the company is doubling production capacity of a key raw material to make carbon fiber-reinforced composite materials and meeting increasing demand for lightweighting composite materials in the aerospace industry.

The new production line has won qualification by Boeing to manufacture secondary structures such as wing movable flaps and engine nacelles, as well as interior applications.

The expansion covers the facilities and equipment to convert acrylonitrile monomers into standard modulus carbon fibers. This type of fiber is used to manufacture composite materials which have been pre-impregnated for use in applications on commercial and military planes.

“Through this strategic capacity expansion we offer our customers greater supply capabilities and contribute to their increased needs for reinforced composite materials to reduce weight and fuel consumption and to reduce assembly costs by integrated part design. For Solvay this production expansion results in greater flexibility to strengthen our growth in innovative composite materials and our leading position in the industry,” says Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.