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26th August 2016, Brussels

New Solvay carbon line to meet Boeing demand

Solvay opens new carbon-fibre production line at its Piedmont site in the US. © SolvayBrussels-headquartered Solvay has this week inaugurated a new carbon fibre production line at its plant in Piedmont, South Carolina, doubling production capacity to meet increasing demand for lightweighting composite materials in the aerospace industry.

The production line has won qualification by Boeing to manufacture secondary structures such as wing movable flaps and engine nacelles, as well as interior applications.

The expansion covers the facilities and equipment to convert acrylonitrile monomers into standard modulus carbon fibres. This type of fibre is used to manufacture composite materials which have been pre-impregnated for use in applications on commercial and military planes.

“Through this strategic capacity expansion we offer our customers greater supply capabilities and contribute to their increased needs for reinforced composite materials to reduce weight and fuel consumption and to reduce assembly costs by integrated part design,” says Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay. “This expansion will result in greater flexibility to strengthen our growth in innovative composite materials.”

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