Solvay Engineering Plastics has announced the creation of a dedicated part testing laboratory in Shanghai, China, to support the growth of its customers in the Asia region.
Starting at the end of 2016, this first Application Performance Testing (APT) centre outside Europe aims at accelerating the development and validation of Technyl applications for automotive, consumer and electrical markets.
“Our decision to create a dedicated facility in Shanghai will greatly enhance our ability to respond to our Chinese and Asian customers, thereby offering an optimum service to tiers and OEMs active in the region,” states Peter Browning, General Manager for Solvay Engineering Plastics. “This significant investment complements our state-of-the-art capabilities in Europe, enabling Solvay’s team to closely support Asian customers, who represent more than 40 percent of our business activity, in optimising the use of Technyl materials.”
According to Solvay, APT Technyl Validation is an advanced high quality and flexible service which offers a wide scope of part testing to meet the most demanding industry standards. Most of its bench tests are developed and customised in close collaboration with OEMs and major Tier 1 suppliers. The company’s APT laboratory located at the Technyl Innovation Centre, Lyon, France includes an array of equipment to address metal replacement, thermal management and fluid barrier application parts testing. This notably includes coolant (glycol) and oil circulation, hydraulic testing for structural applications, oil separation, air pulsation (up to 230°C), vibration testing for temperatures ranging from -35°C to +180°C, etc. APT Technyl Validation is part of the comprehensive and advanced service offer from Solvay Engineering Plastics, which also includes unique CAE simulation capabilities with MMI Technyl Design and 3D printing with Sinterline Technyl Prototyping.
Solvay explains that its new part testing laboratory in Shanghai will initially be equipped with installations dedicated to metal replacement applications. Progressively, the facility will be equipped with additional apparatus for testing thermal management and fluid barrier applications.