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Solvay has launched Tegralite, a family of materials which offer the aeronautics industry new downstream solutions and part making capabilities that improve fuel efficiency and speed up the production, refurbishment and maintenance of planes at a lower cost.
Solvay’s says its Tegralite integrates the world’s broadest range of high performance polymer products from its Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit and the complementary skills of its specialised partners; 3A Composites, Aonix and JSP, through a global network that is open for expansion.
“Tegralite’s package of integrated solutions intends to address the order backlog in commercial aviation, which has been growing by 70 percent in the past four years,” said Augusto Di Donfrancesco, President of Solvay’s Specialty Polymers GBU. “This new avenue of growth addresses the rising need to substitute metal or heavier plastic parts with multi-functional thermoplastic materials able to resist shock, impact, high temperature, fire, chemicals and noise.”
Solvay believes that the industry’s entire value chain of part-, system- and aircraft-makers as well as airlines, stands to benefit from Tegralite’s materials which will help simplify today’s complex supply chain, enable more part commonality and ultimately roll out planes faster as more people travel. It meets the industry’s drive to lower costs and increase efficiency by replacing handmade labour or facilitating on-board repairs.
Solvay says its alliance with 3A Composites makes a new generation of aerospace foams available large quantities for the first time. It explains that its partnership with JSP opens up fast and easy access to 3D foam parts, a technology already widely used in the automotive sector. With Aonix, Solvay propels the development of innovative high- and ultra-performing prepreg systems as well as new sandwich materials and structures. Solvay complements the offering with its tailored multi-layer functional and decorative surfaces.
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