SGL & Solvay Team up to Develop Advanced Carbon Fibre Composites

SGL Carbon and Solvay have teamed up to bring the first composite materials based on large-tow intermediate modulus (IM) carbon fibre to market.

These materials, which address the need to reduce costs, CO2 emissions, and improve the production process and fuel efficiency of next-generation commercial aircraft, will be based on SGL Carbon’s large-tow IM carbon fibre and Solvay’s primary structure resin systems.

The agreement encompasses both thermoset and thermoplastic composite technologies. It builds on Solvay’s experience in supplying composite materials to the aerospace industry and SGL Carbon’s expertise in high-volume carbon fibre manufacturing.

By combining SGL’s carbon fibre expertise in our newly developed, unique 50K IM fibre with Solvay’s resin formulation, both partners are aiming to develop an advanced aerospace material system. Dr. Michael Majerus, spokesman of the management board of SGL Carbon

Composite materials for aerospace applications represent a multi-billion-dollar market that is expected to grow strongly in the coming decade. Solvay and SGL Carbon are uniquely positioned to develop solutions to address the needs of this market.