2020 Integrated Report

Innovate to fuel our growth

Accelerating innovation in Thermoplastic Composites

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While the Covid crisis had a significant impact on aerospace markets, in 2020 we saw a growing demand for our TPC solutions in markets such as oil and gas and Urban Air Mobility. With our TPC Platform, we bring the right solution at the best cost to our customers.

  • TPCs are a key enabler for demanding applications across many industries: they are 30 to 50% lighter than metals while being tough, durable and chemically resistant. They allow for shorter production cycle times and are inherently more recyclable.
  • Solvay provides end-to-end innovation under one roof, from molecules to composites. We are the only player on the market with a diversified portfolio of specialty polymers and composite processing technologies to meet the needs of all applications.
  • Most importantly, we co-innovate with our customers, from concept to commercial application, through our state-of-the-art Product Development Center in Alpharetta, Georgia (USA) and our Material Science Application Center in Brussels. In these centers, our customers collaborate with our teams and work together on material and process developments, just as if they were in their own labs. Both teams share know-how and learn from each other. This opportunity to bridge science and industry sets us apart from our competitors.
  • Solvay is committed to fully industrializing TPC manufacturing to meet growing demand across industries, including emerging markets such as Urban Air Mobility.

Adressable market Aerospace and oil & gas


Solvay and Leonardo launched joint research Lab

In early 2021, Solvay and Leonardo launched a joint research lab for thermo- plastic composites, a technology that meets many of the requirements for high rate high volume production in the aerospace industry.

“To be successful in a highly competitive industry like Aerospace, advanced manufacturing companies must rise to new standards of product quality, responsiveness to customers’ needs, and processing flexibility. It is therefore fundamental to join efforts across the value chain and develop together high performance solutions, from material development to part manufacture.”

Stefano G. Corvaglia, R&D/IP Manager-Engineering, Leonardo Aerostructures