Brussels-based Solvay has opened two research and innovation (R&I) centers — one in Alpharetta, Ga., and one at its headquarters in Brussels — dedicated to thermoplastic composites. The complementary centers were created to speed up the company’s development of these materials. The Alpharetta location brings end-to-end polymer and carbon fiber expertise, while the Brussels location will focus on collaborating with customers to accelerate market adoption of thermoplastic composites.
“Solvay’s new R&I centers in the U.S. and Europe and our recent capacity expansions, complete our infrastructure to support the industrialization of our thermoplastic materials technology,” said Augusto Di Donfrancesco, member of Solvay’s executive committee. “The centers provide state-of-the-art assets and capabilities to accompany our customers in the design, prototyping and testing of parts and allowing for a dramatic acceleration of the time to market of our materials.”