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19th November 2019, Alpharetta, GA

Solvay joins ThermoPlastic Composites Research Center

Solvay’s experts will work hand in hand with the TPRC on selected projects. © Solvay

Solvay’s experts will work hand in hand with the TPRC on selected projects. © Solvay

Solvay has joined the ThermoPlastic Composites Research Center (TPRC), the world-leading research, development and innovation centre for thermoplastic composites (TPC) focused on enabling the use of this technology in large volume applications and eliminating technological barriers towards its widespread adoption.

The company is investing heavily in TPC technology development and process industrialisation and recognises the TPRC as a leading innovative R&D platform. Solvay joined as a Tier 1 member, which grants Solvay access to the research generated and the ability to steer on fundamental development activities, which are complementary to Solvay’s internal research such as forming and overmoulding, cost-effective manufacture of large structures, material performance and sustainability.

“Solvay’s research and innovation experts will work hand in hand with the TPRC on selected projects where we see joint benefits. Solvay and the TPRC are both committed to increasing the adoption of TPC by the aerospace and automotive industries and our membership will strengthen our ability to contribute to industry developments,” said Dr Jim Pratte, Senior Research Fellow for Solvay Composite Materials Global Business Unit.

Solvay’s recently opened Product Development Center in Alpharetta and Customer Engagement Center in Brussels will work closely with the TPRC as we start engaging in joint collaboration projects.

“The addition to our membership of Solvay, one of the leading suppliers of specialty thermoplastic polymers and thermoplastic composite materials will allow the TPRC to broaden its focus beyond aerospace into automotive applications where there is an overlap of processing technology and materials particularly when we look at the rapidly developing urban air mobility market segment,” said Harald Heerink, General Manager at the TPRC.

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