USA: New Production Line for Aircraft Structural Applications Solvay Doubles Carbon Fiber Manufacturing Capacity

Editor: Alexander Stark

Solvay has inaugurated a new carbon fiber production line at its U.S. Piedmont Facility, South Carolina, doubling production capacity of a key raw material to make carbon fiber reinforced composite materials for the aerospace industry.

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Solvay Headquarters in Brussels
Solvay Headquarters in Brussels
(Source: Solvay)

Brussels/Belgium and Piedmont/USA — The new production line has won qualification by The Boeing Company to manufacture secondary structures such as wing movable flaps and engine nacelles, as well as interior applications. The expansion covers the facilities and equipment to convert acrylonitrile monomers into standard modulus carbon fibers. This type of fiber is used to manufacture composite materials which have been pre-impregnated for use in applications on commercial and military planes.