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September 20, 2018

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Solvay Inaugurates New Structural Adhesives Plant in UK
Equipment inside of Solvay's new structural adhesives plant in the UK. Image courtesy of Solvay

Specialty chemicals and advanced materials firm Solvay officially inaugurated its new production plant for aerospace structural adhesives and surfacing in the UK on Thursday, the company announced in a press release. 

The plant in Wrexham features automation technology and a number of robotic and digital systems. As the project reaches completion, the company said its capacity for structural adhesives will grow to support increased activity in the aerospace industry.

“This step-change in the manufacturing process optimizes the production and supply chain security of aerospace structural adhesives, surfacing films, and lightning strike protection for composite structures,” Solvay said in the release. 

Another site in Havre De Grace, MD also manufactures aerospace structural adhesives. The Wrexham plant is expected to reach full commercialization by the end of this year. 

“Solvay’s new center, equipped with cutting edge technologies, industrializes our manufacturing capabilities of structural adhesive and surfacing materials,” Carmelo Lo Faro, the head of Solvay’s Composite Materials global business unit, said in a statement. “It provides the quality and reliability our global aerospace customers need to meet the increasing rates of their aircraft programs and support their production system.”

This July, Powder & Bulk Solids reported that Solvay held a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of an expansion project at its Greenville, TX aerospace composites manufacturing plant to increase the site’s resin mixing capacity.

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