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8th November 2017, Alpharetta, GA

Solvay acquires large-tow carbon fibre precursor manufacturer

Solvay has completed the acquisition of European Carbon Fiber (ECF), a German producer of high-quality “precursor” for large-tow (50K) polyacrylonitrile (PAN) carbon fibres. With this acquisition, Solvay is building the foundations to lead the adoption of composites in automotive applications, to serve select industrial markets, and to support the potential adoption of large-tow fibres in aerospace.

“The strategic acquisition of ECF enables Solvay to develop a portfolio of large-tow carbon fibres to complement our existing range of pitch and PAN aerospace grade carbon fibres. This comprehensive portfolio will place Solvay as a key supplier to the aerospace, automotive and industrial markets going forward,” said Carmelo Lo Faro, President of Solvay’s Composite Materials Global Business Unit (GBU).

Solvay exhibited its capabilities at Advanced Engineering Show, which took place in Birmingham, last week. © Inside Composites

“Thanks to this acquisition Solvay will leverage its polymers and materials science competencies to drive breakthrough innovation in large-tow carbon fibres.”

Vertical integration into large-tow carbon fibre technology will position Solvay to ensure cost effective long-term security of supply to its customers., the company reports.

Solvay’s new Global Business Unit Composite Materials is a provider of technologically advanced lightweighting material solutions that enable customers in the aerospace, automotive and other demanding industries to design, develop and efficiently manufacture high-quality, high-performance and complex composite structures.

Composite Materials has an extensive product portfolio, including prepregs, resin systems, adhesives and surfacing films, carbon fibre, textiles, tooling and vacuum bagging consumables, thanks to its leadership in advanced materials science, chemistry and application engineering. Solvay Composite Materials combines the former Cytec Aerospace Materials and Industrial Materials businesses.

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