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10th January 2018, Alpharetta, GA

Solvay partners with USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Solvay and deBotech have announced a partnership with USA Bobsled and Skeleton. Solvay is one of the team’s technology partners and suppliers of advanced carbon fibre composite materials. deBotech, Solvay’s long-standing customer and USA Bobsled and Skeleton’s preferred carbon fibre manufacturer, has been a team partner for 15 years.

Solvay’s prepregs are developed to offer maximum strength while remaining lightweight, and offer the ability to create distinctive complex shapes, giving performance equipment high aerodynamic efficiency.

A four-man bobsled team powers the USA sled off the block at the start before loading for a race run in the Igls, Austria World Cup in December 2017. © Solvay

“Solvay has always supported sports and athletes, aiming to break records and leverage the strengths of our composite materials technology to their advantage, whether it is on the water, in the air, in the velodrome, on the track or on the snow,” said Carmelo Lo Faro, President of Solvay’s Composite Materials Global Business Unit.

“USA Bobsled and Skeleton is a perfect illustration of that desire for speed and competitive excellence and we wish them a lot of success in their upcoming international competitions”

“At deBotech we have worked with Solvay’s materials for years across a wide range of high performance applications,” said Hans deBot, deBotech President and Founder. “It is that experience coupled with our deep understanding of carbon fiber composite properties that enabled us to partner with USA Bobsled and Skeleton since 2002.”

A skeleton competitor prepares to load his sled at the start of the Lake Placid, N.Y. World Cup race in November 2017. © Solvay

Richard Laubenstein, Crew Chief at USA Bobsled and Skeleton, added: “We thank our technology partner Solvay and our manufacturing partner deBotech for providing our team with custom designed high-quality carbon fibre composite equipment. This, in addition to our incredible athletes, will put us in contention for medals in 2018.”

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