Solvay and Bell sign composites and adhesives supply agreement
Solvay (Alpharetta, GA, US) announced Sept. 10 it has signed a 10-year supply agreement with Bell for the supply of composites and adhesives to be used across military and commercial rotorcraft programs including the Bell 429, 407, 505, 525, V-22 and UH-1.
Solvay will supply Bell with a portfolio of structural composites and adhesives including CYCOM 5320-1, CYCOM 5250-4, CYCOM 5276-1 and FM 300.
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