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Solvay, Strata partner to produce carbon fibres for Boeing

The materials - pre-impregnated carbon fibers known as “prepreg” - will be produced at a facility at Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates and will supply Boeing’s 777X, the latest generation aircraft.


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November 13, 2017 by Canadian Plastics

Belgian chemical maker Solvay SE has set up a joint venture with Strata Manufacturing PJSC, the manufacturing arm of Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Mubadala Aerospace, to supply Boeing with advanced composite materials.

The materials – pre-impregnated carbon fibres known as “prepreg” – will be produced at a facility at Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates and will supply Boeing’s 777X, the latest generation aircraft, the companies said in a statement.

Pre-impregnated carbon fibres are a strong, light material used to make composite structures for the aviation industry.

The 8,500-square-meter facility will be commissioned in 2020 to support growth in the UAE’s growing advanced manufacturing sector, the statement said.

“This joint venture showcases Solvay’s capabilities in advanced aerospace composite technologies, including for aircraft primary structures as a growth pillar for our materials business,” said Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, CEO of Solvay.