Solvay Adds Thermoplastic Composite Capacity in South Carolina
Solvay announced the installation completion of its new thermoplastic composites (TPC) manufacturing facility at its Greenville, S.C., site. Solvay says that at full production capacity, the new line will add more than 30 positions at the 27,000-square-foot facility.
According to the company, the project represents a major milestone in Solvay’s efforts to industrialize its TPC capacity. A key driver for the facility is growing demand from energy companies, supported by increasing aerospace and automotive demand. The new product line will have the ability to manufacture unidirectional composite tape from a range of high-performance polymers including PVDF, PPS and PEEK.
“The TPC solutions that will be manufactured in our Greenville facility will help our energy, aerospace and automotive customers achieve better environmental responsibility by making cars and planes lighter, thereby reducing emissions,” said Mike Finelli, president of Solvay’s growth platforms. “Our new capacity and differentiated technologies will allow us to expand with our customers as TPCs gain momentum in a growing number of applications and play an important role in the energy transition.”
The company says the Greenville facility is part of the group’s recent strategic investments to build the infrastructure required for the growing TPC market. Other recent commitments include Solvay’s addition of capacity for TPC tape in Anaheim, Calif., two new research and innovation centers in Brussels, Belgium, and Alpharetta, Ga., and Solvay’s membership in the TPRC consortium.
Solvay’s TPC portfolio includes Evolite™ and APC tapes.