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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I want to say two words to you: “Thermoplastic tapes”
Thermoplastic tapes are not new to composites, but they soon will join the primary aerostructures material palette and could be their future.

Solvay, deBotech announced as USA Bobsled and Skeleton technology partners
Solvay and deBotech will provide custom designed high quality carbon fiber composite equipment.  

Live from 2017 Carbon Fiber conference
Automation, 3D printing and thermoplastics herald a new future for carbon fiber composites.

Israel Aerospace Industries automated preforming and trimming of dry fabric for net-shape RTM parts

Improving one-piece aerostructures by automating preforming
IAI’s fully automated “one-shot” RTM production line cuts helicopter seat cost 30% vs. hand layup prepreg.

Solvay, Strata joint venture to supply Boeing with composite materials
Facility to be commissioned in 2020 and to anchor a growing advanced manufacturing sector.

Solvay acquires European Carbon Fiber GmbH
The strategic acquisition of European Carbon Fiber enables Solvay to develop a portfolio of large-tow carbon fibers to complement its existing range of pitch and PAN aerospace grade carbon fibers.

Coal as an avenue to low-cost carbon fibers
An update on efforts to produce pitch-based fibers from low-cost coal.

Solvay to begin PEKK production, sells polyamides business
Solvay will start manufacturing polyetherketonketone (PEKK) resin in the US to support its aerocomposites customers; its polyamides business is being sold to BASF.

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.

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
Auxiliary processing equipment, repair equipment, and supplies
  • Supplies
    • Bleeder cloths
    • Breather cloths
    • Caul plates
    • Film and sheet
    • Hoses, pressure
    • Hoses, vacuum
    • Inserts
    • Peel plies
    • Peel plies, nylon
    • Peel plies, polyester
    • Release papers, coated
    • Sealing tapes and materials
    • Shrink film
    • Shrink tapes
    • Vacuum valves and pumps
    • Vacuum bags/bagging materials
      • Vacuum bagging materials, nylon
      • Vacuum bagging materials, polymide
      • Vacuum bagging materials, reusable
      • Vacuum bagging materials, silicone
      • Vacuum bagging materials, other
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