Solvay and Leonardo Announce Composites Research Partnership

Solvay and Leonardo announced the launch of a joint research lab dedicated to the development of composite materials and production processes for the aerospace industry.

The new lab will be based at the Leonardo facility in Grottaglie (Taranto) and at Solvay’s MSAC – Material Science Application Centre in Brussels. In addition, the joint laboratory will have access to both companies’ internal infrastructures and collaborations with institutions, research centres and universities, in Italy and abroad, with a view to open innovation.

This collaboration with Solvay is a significant step in research on advanced materials, which are part of the R&D programs to be developed by the Leonardo Labs

Roberto Cingolani, Leonardo’s Chief Technology and Innovation Officerimg

The Solvay Leonardo Joint Lab will focus on thermoplastics and in particular on welding and automatic lamination (in-situ consolidation) of complex and large aerospace structures with the goal of maximising product properties, increasing part production efficiency and extending the product life cycle.

The focus is on thermoplastic composites as they offer unique benefits, such as light-weighting for more fuel-efficient aircraft and they do not require autoclave for part consolidation thus enabling the development of much more sustainable production lines. Leonardo and Solvay believe that this agreement will be the foundation for further platform collaboration on short and mid-term applications in aerospace and beyond.

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