Solvay Composite Materials

A global provider of advanced lightweighting materials for high-performance and cost-effective structure manufacture used in aerospace, automotive, motorsport and other industrial applications. The company's portfolio includes thermoset and thermoplastic composites, adhesives and surfacing films, carbon fibers.

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Solvay composites kitting operations

Solvay doubles down on process materials, kitting services
Following expansion of its Toulouse kitting capacity, Solvay says its kitting and process materials business is primed for growth.

Solvay doubles European kitting capabilities
Solvay’s Toulouse, France, location is expanding kitting capacity for large composites manufacturing operations. 

Fiber-metal laminates in the spotlight
Interest in FMLs is growing again as aeroengineers search for lightweight solutions adaptable to new narrowbody commercial aircraft.

How ready are progressive damage analysis tools?
In the past 15 years, progressive damage analysis (PDA) for composites, implemented in finite element analysis software, has been under development.

Quilted Stratum Process production line at Cetim

Automated Preforming — Quilted Stratum Process (QSP)
CW’s tour of CETIM (Nantes, France) and the QSP line which preforms multi-thickness thermoplastic materials in 40-90 seconds for composite parts with cycle times of 1-2 minutes.

2017 Paris Air Show is good for composites
There is definitely a lot going on this week at the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airfield. Much of it relates to composites. Here’s a brief rundown.

Solvay GKN Aerospace Fokker thermoplastic composites

Solvay, GKN Aerospace to cooperate on thermoplastic composites
The companies aim to accelerate the adoption of thermoplastic composites on aircraft, with Solvay becoming preferred material supplier to Fokker.

Chomarat AMRC carbon fiber fabric

Chomarat joins UK-based Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
The company, which will be the first textile producer to join AMRC, is also sponsoring a research collaboration focused on multiaxial carbon fiber fabrics.

RTM-based redesign advances safety for one-of-a-kind wind tunnel
Glass fiber and honeycomb spacers between compressor blades get upgraded to a higher factor of safety with less weight using solid carbon fiber and RTM.

Russian MC-21 makes first flight with Solvay materials
The MC-21 is the only single-aisle passenger plane with composite wing structures manufactured by AeroComposit with out-of-autoclave resin infusion technology.

China’s Comac C919 completes maiden flight
The C919 aircraft is manufactured with Solvay composite materials.

Solvay launches long glass high-performance polyamides
Solvay (Brussels, Belgium) has launched Omnix LF-4050 and Omnix LF-4060, high-performance polyamides (HPPA) with long fiberglass content of 50% and 60% respectively.

Penso, Solvay, Bentley working on composite BIW structures
The project will develop composite design, material and manufacturing technologies required to implement a modular, multi-material body-In-white (BIW) structure suited for large production volume.

Solvay receives Gold Supplier Award from FACC
FACC uses a range of Solvay’s composite materials, primarily to manufacture critical secondary structures for aerospace OEMs.

JEC World 2017: Show report, part 1
JEC World 2017 was, by almost any measure, the biggest and busiest JEC event yet, and exhibitors came with much to show the world of composites about innovation in materials, equipment and technology.

Watch: JEC World 2017 Day 1 Show Report
Breaking news and technology highlights from a busy opening day at JEC World 2017, the largest composites show in the world.

JEC World 2017 exhibit preview
JEC World will be held March 14-16 in Paris. CW previews some of the products and technologies that will be at the show.

Composites industry is growing up—but hurdles still remain
It’s the era of when, not if, for the use of composite materials.

OOA composites in next-generation launch systems
As United Launch Alliance ULA replaces Atlas and Delta with next-generation launch rockets under the Vulcan name, supplier Ruag Space has been selected to provide lower cost/improved quality out-of-autoclave fabrication of Vulcan’s composite primary structures. Ruag will manufacture 5.4m payload fairings and 400-series interstage adapters for ULA’s Atlas V rocket.

Small companies, long-term impact
In a time known for owner “exit strategies,” longevity in family-owned composites businesses is heartening.

Product Categories of Solvay Composite Materials

Materials
  • Matrix resins, thermoplastic
    • Polyether ketone family (PEK, PEKK, PEEK)
  • Matrix resins, thermoset
    • Bismaleimide (BMI)
    • Cyanate ester
    • Phenolic
    • Epoxy
      • Epoxy, 250 F cure
      • Epoxy, 350 F cure
      • Epoxy, toughened
  • Prepregs, thermoset
    • Bismaleimide
      • Bismaleimide, >12K tow
      • Bismaleimide, 3-inch tape
      • Bismaleimide, 6-inch tape
      • Bismaleimide, 12-inch tape
    • Cyanate ester
      • Cyanate ester, <12K tow
      • Cyanate ester, >12K tow
      • Cyanate ester, 3-inch tape
      • Cyanate ester, 6-inch tape
      • Cyanate ester, 12-inch tape
    • Epoxy
      • Epoxy, <12K tow
      • Epoxy, >12K tow
      • Epoxy, 3-inch tape
      • Epoxy, 6-inch tape
      • Epoxy, 12-inch tape
    • Epoxy, 250 F cure
      • Epoxy, 250 F cure, <12K tow
      • Epoxy, 250 F cure, >12K tow
      • Epoxy, 250 F cure, 3-inch tape
      • Epoxy, 250 F cure, 6-inch tape
      • Epoxy, 250 F cure, 12-inch tape
    • Epoxy, 350 F cure
      • Epoxy, 350 F cure, <12K tow
      • Epoxy, 350 F cure, >12K tow
      • Epoxy, 350 F cure, 3-inch tape
      • Epoxy, 350 F cure, 6-inch tape
      • Epoxy, 350 F cure, 12-inch tape
    • Epoxy, toughened
      • Epoxy, toughened, <12K tow
      • Epoxy, toughened, >12K tow
      • Epoxy, toughened, 3-inch tape
      • Epoxy, toughened, 6-inch tape
      • Epoxy, toughened, 12-inch tape
    • Phenolic
      • Phenolic, <12K tow
      • Phenolic, >12K tow
      • Phenolic, 3-inch tape
      • Phenolic, 6-inch tape
      • Phenolic, 12-inch tape
    • Polyester, unsaturated
      • Polyester, unsaturated, <12K tow
      • Polyester, unsaturated, >12K tow
      • Polyester, unsaturated, 3-inch tape
      • Polyester, unsaturated, 6-inch tape
      • Polyester, unsaturated, 12-inch tape
    • Polyimide
      • Polyimide, <12K tow
      • Polyimide, >12K tow
      • Polyimide, 3-inch tape
      • Polyimide, 6-inch tape
      • Polyimide, 12-inch tape
    • Vinyl ester
      • Vinyl ester, <12K tow
      • Vinyl ester, >12K tow
      • Vinyl ester, 3-inch tape
      • Vinyl ester, 6-inch tape
      • Vinyl ester, 12-inch tape
    • Other
      • Other, <12K tow
      • Other, >12K tow
      • Other, 3-inch tape
      • Other, 6-inch tape
      • Other, 12-inch tape
  • Adhesives
    • Epoxy
      • Epoxy, Film
      • Epoxy, Foam
      • Epoxy, Hot melt
      • Epoxy, Paste
Tools/tooling materials
  • Tools
    • Composite
      • Composite, carbon fiber/epoxy
  • Tooling equipment, materials and supplies
    • Backup structures
    • Master pattern material, polymeric
    • Master pattern material, other
    • Tooling prepreg
Fabricating services
  • Thermoset materials
    • Adhesive bonding
    • Autoclave cure
    • Compression molding
Composite Structures & Components
  • Armor, composite
  • Infrastructure, composite
  • Laminate panels, with core
  • Laminate sheets, solid
  • Tubes
  • Other composite structures
Design, testing, consulting, other services
  • CAD/CAM/CAE design
  • Education/Training
  • Materials analysis
  • Product design
  • Repair services, composites
  • Consulting
    • Consulting, materials
  • Testing
    • Testing, materials
    • Testing, product