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13th September 2017, Brussels

Solvay to launch PEKK resin production

Solvay will begin producing PEKK polymers to support its composite materials business in meeting growing aerospace demand. Solvay will begin producing high-performance polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) polymers in the United States early next year, to support its composite materials business in meeting growing aerospace demand.

“Solvay further affirms its unique position in lightweighting materials by joining the forces of its high-performance specialty polymers and composite materials to produce its own PEKK resin,” said Roger Kearns, member of Solvay’s Executive Committee. “This new capacity will address fast-growing demand for thermoplastic composites and 3D printing components in aerospace and in other markets.”

Building on its leading position in metal replacement materials, Solvay will begin PEKK production at its site in Augusta, GA, and under the trade name NovaSpire. PEKK is used in thermoplastic composites reinforced with carbon fibres and in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, in a range of industrial applications.

Solvay is a multi-specialty chemical company, committed to developing chemistry that addresses key societal challenges. 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. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with around 27,000 employees in 58 countries.

Solvay Specialty Polymers manufactures over 1,500 products across 35 brands of high-performance polymers – fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers, fluorinated fluids, semi-aromatic polyamides, sulfone polymers, ultra-high performance aromatic polymers, and high barrier polymers – for use in aerospace, alternative energy, automotive, healthcare, membranes, oil and gas, packaging, plumbing, semiconductors, wire and cable, and other industries.

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