Solvay announces new products, expansion plans for Asia

By Nina Ying Sun
Assistant Managing Editor

Published: May 13, 2014 12:37 pm ET
Updated: May 13, 2014 12:41 pm ET

Image By: Adsale Group Solvay introduced a series of products at Chinaplas it says can help reduce pollution.

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability, Materials, Materials Suppliers, China, Asia, CHINAPLAS
Companies & Associations Solvay SA

SHANGHAI — On an overcast spring morning in Shanghai, Frank Laganier, Asia-Pacific Director for Solvay Engineering Plastics, asked his audience at the Chinaplas media day what they saw as China’s biggest challenge at the moment.

The responses were unanimous: pollution.

Naturally, Solvay’s Engineering Plastics and Specialty Polymers business units focused on what they call innovative solutions for sustainable growth, as well as continued investments behind them, at this year’s Chinaplas.

Solvay introduced its latest products that can help fight against pollution emissions by improving powertrain efficiency, increase lightweight performance, and optimize vehicle electrification.

Solvay Engineering Plastics released a new 40 percent glass-filled grade of its Sinterline nylon 6 powders, designed for rapid prototyping and low-volume series applications, especially in automotive under-the-hood components.

Sinterline delivers structural prototyping parts with the same properties as injection molded nylon 6 or nylon 6/6 components, therefore minimizing the need for pre-production tooling and speeding the way from design to market.

Starting in July, Solvay will open source MMI Technyl Design for automotive OEMs, in partnership with MSC software firm e-Xstream engineering. With an encrypted database of more than 7,600 files, the simulation service can accurately predict the performance of injection-molded parts, reduce testing time, and speed up lightweighting through metal replacement.

In the area of clean energy, Solvay launched two new film grades of Halar ethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene (ECTFE) that are specifically designed for front sheet applications for photovoltaic modules. Solvay is already a key supplier of Solef PVDF and Halar ECTFE for PV back sheets.

The company also launched new, patented Halar UV technology to deliver long-lasting UV blocking performance to meet the solar industry’s 25-year performance life for PV modules.

In addition to new products, Solvay also continues to invest in production and research capacity in China, said Luke Du, general manager of Greater China & Southeast Asia, Solvay Specialty Polymers.

Solvay Specialty Polymers plans to start Tecnoflon FKM production in Changshu at the end of 2014 and to start PVDF production in Changshu in 2006.  

Solvay Engineering Plastics plans to increase its compounding capacity in Shanghai by 25 percent in 2015, as the plant is nearing saturation.

The company’s new research and innovation building in Shanghai combines Specialty Polymers and Engineering Plastics resources. Solvay Specialty Polymers is also launching new laboratories for color development and FKM applications.

Solvay Specialty Polymers has also signed a memorandum of understanding with Shanghai 3F New Material Co. Ltd. for a PTFE joint venture in Changshu.

Solvay overall reports 8.5 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) in domestic sales in China, with 2,900 employees at 17 sites and four research centers. Out of its 16 global business units, 13 are active in China, according to Du.

Asia Pacific accounts for 31 percent of Solvay’s group net sales, and 38 percent of Solvay Engineering Plastics sales. Laganier predicts the latter number will grow to more than 40 percent in 2014.

“Half of our global capacity is in Asia. We have been producing in China for more than 30 years and are continuously increasing our presence,” he said. “We expanded beyond China — in India, Korea, and now we are back to expand in China.”


Comments

Solvay announces new products, expansion plans for Asia

By Nina Ying Sun
Assistant Managing Editor

Published: May 13, 2014 12:37 pm ET
Updated: May 13, 2014 12:41 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Brown signs California's plastic bag ban into law

September 30, 2014 1:38 pm ET

Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made it official today: plastic bags are banned across the entire state of California.    More

Image

New Hexcel plant will supply carbon fiber for Airbus A350 XWB

September 30, 2014 2:43 pm ET

Hexcel Corp. is investing $250 million on a new carbon fiber plant in France, with part of the production going into the future Airbus SAS A350 XWB.    More

Image

LyondellBasell CEO Gallogly to retire

September 30, 2014 3:00 pm ET

James Gallogly, CEO of Houston-based polyolefins producer LyondellBasell Industries NV, on Sept. 29 announced plans to retire in 2015.    More

Image

Amcor planning more growth in Asia

September 30, 2014 10:24 am ET

Flexible packaging firm Amcor Ltd. is rapidly expanding its presence in the Asian market. The company's top official in the region said it will soon...    More

Image

Uflex to build large flexible packaging plant in western India

September 30, 2014 10:01 am ET

Flexible packaging company Uflex Ltd. is planning a major new plant in the western Indian state of Gujarat.    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends and micro trends faced by companies that do business in Mexico. The report also provides key industry statistics and forecasts to anticipate future industry expansion.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events