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3rd December 2019, Brussels/Wiesbaden

Solvay and SGL Carbon work together

Solvay carbon fibre composites for aerospace primary structures. © Solvay

Solvay carbon fibre composites for aerospace primary structures. © Solvay

SGL Carbon and Solvay have entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) to bring to market the first composite materials based on large-tow intermediate modulus (IM) carbon fibre. These materials, which address the need to reduce costs and CO2 emissions, and improve the production process and fuel efficiency of next-generation commercial aircraft, will be based on SGL Carbon’s large-tow IM carbon fibre and Solvay’s primary structure resin systems.

The agreement encompasses both thermoset and thermoplastic composite technologies. It builds on Solvay’s leadership in supplying advanced materials to the aerospace industry and SGL Carbon’s expertise in high-volume carbon fibre manufacturing.

“For Solvay, this is an opportunity to lead the aerospace adoption of a composite material based on 50K IM carbon fibre. This is a highly competitive value proposition that brings more affordable high-performance solutions to our customers. We see this as the first step in a long-term partnership,” said Augusto Di Donfrancesco, member of Solvay’s executive committee.

SGL Carbon’s large-tow intermediate modulus carbon fibre production at its plant in Moses Lake, US. © SGL Carbon

SGL Carbon’s large-tow intermediate modulus carbon fibre production at its plant in Moses Lake, US. © SGL Carbon

“By combining SGL’s carbon fibre expertise in our newly developed, unique 50K IM fibre with Solvay’s resin formulation and aerospace market expertise, both partners are aiming to develop an advanced aerospace material system. This alliance supports our strategic direction and accelerates our growth in the attractive aerospace market,” commented Dr Michael Majerus, spokesman of the management board of SGL Carbon. 

Composite materials for aerospace applications represent a multi-billion-dollar market that is expected to grow strongly in the coming decade. Solvay and SGL Carbon are well positioned to develop solutions to address the needs of this market.

Solvay is a multi-specialty chemical company. Its products and solutions are used in planes, cars, smart and medical devices, batteries, in mineral and oil extraction, among many other applications promoting sustainability. SGL Carbon is a technology-based company and a leader in the development and production of carbon-based solutions.

www.solvay.com

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