Belgium-headquartered chemicals giant Solvay SA is expanding its composite materials capacities with a new resin facility and an upgraded site in Germany.
The firm said the move was designed to meet growing demand from customers in the aviation sector for lightweight materials and services for parts like engine fan blades.
Located in Östringen, Germany, Solvay's site will produce and supply materials to projects including the Leap engine produced by CFM International, the joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines, for commercial airplane makers Airbus and Boeing.
Solvay will produce its unique infusion resins and resins for reinforced composite materials from this facility, which is expected to go into production in the second quarter of 2017.
Chief executive Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, said: “This new facility and the site's upgraded infrastructure further strengthen Solvay's long-term support to its customers in response to their growing demand for its industry-leading lightweighting materials and technology.”