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21st September 2018, Brussels

Solvay inaugurates new automated UK plant

Solvay has inaugurated its state-of-the-art manufacturing centre for aerospace structural adhesives and surfacing films in Wrexham, UK. Together with the existing plant in Havre De Grace, US, this investment broadens Solvay’s footprint and strengthens its leadership position in this growing and demanding global market.

The centre is purpose-built and automated, supported by robotic and digital systems. This step-change in the manufacturing process optimises the production and supply chain security of aerospace structural adhesives, surfacing films and lightning strike protection for composite structures, the manufacturer explains.

Solvay cuts ribbon for opening of new facilities. © Solvay

“Solvay’s new centre, equipped with cutting edge technologies, industrializes our manufacturing capabilities of structural adhesive and surfacing materials. It provides the quality and reliability our global aerospace customers need to meet the increasing rates of their aircraft programmes and support their production system,” said Carmelo Lo Faro, head of Solvay’s Composite Materials Global Business Unit. The centre is fully commissioned and moving towards commercialisation later this year.

Solvay new manufacturing centre for aerospace structural adhesives and surfacing films in Wrexham, UK. © Solvay

Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company. It innovates and partners with customers worldwide in many diverse end markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil and gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels, with around 26,800 employees in 61 countries.

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