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31st May 2018, Alpharetta, GA

Solvay and RUAG sign new supply agreement

Solvay has signed a new agreement to supply RUAG with advanced structural composites for US and European space launcher programmes. Solvay will supply MTM 46 composite products for RUAG to manufacture large integrated structural components including payload fairings, stage and payload adapters, dispensers and separation systems on next-generation launchers.

MTM 46 is a high performance, out-of-autoclave toughened epoxy resin system that meets space agencies requirements and can be used in light and stiff sandwich structures. It was specifically developed for extreme demand applications such as space programmes.

From left to right: Hannes Schuette, Account Manager, Solvay; Marc Doyle, Executive Vice-President Aerospace Business Line, Solvay; Stefan Hofmann, Manager Supply Chain Management, RUAG; Jan Imbusch, Manager Strategic Procurement, RUAG. © Solvay

“RUAG Space is the leading supplier of composite payload fairings and is an expert in out-of-autoclave manufacture. They selected Solvay’s structural composites to produce cost-effective, high performance structural components. We look forward to supporting RUAG’s operations out of Decatur, Alabama, USA and Emmen, Switzerland as they further contribute to space transportation,” said Marc Doyle, Executive Vice-President Aerospace Business Line, Solvay Composite Materials.

Solvay is a leader in out-of-autoclave technology and has a broad portfolio of VBO/press prepregs, RTM/infusion resin systems for structural aerospace and space applications.

Solvay’s new Global Business Unit Composite Materials is a leading provider of technologically advanced lightweighting material solutions that enable its 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 the most 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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