The kitting facility in Toulouse primarily serves customers across Europe. The additional equipment, capacity and floor space will increase the site’s manufacturing rate of large vacuum bagging kits and 60 new jobs will be created over the next few years.
“Solvay is reinforcing its position as a key partner to the industry, serving customers out of Europe and the U.S. Process materials are critical for our customers to successfully manufacture composite parts and we see that these high-value added products and services are an important component to driving the industrialization trend”, said Carmelo Lo Faro, President of Solvay’s Composite Materials Global Business Unit (GBU). Solvay has the most extensive composite product portfolio, including prepregs, resin systems, adhesives and surfacing films, carbon fiber, textiles, tooling and process materials available as roll-stock or customized kits. In using kits, manufacturers benefit from reduced labor cost, total production time and waste, as well as better process control which improves the quality of parts and repeatability.
Solvay is ideally placed to support its customers thanks to its long standing expertise in design of complex kits and shaped bags as well as its in-house capability for co-extrusion and transformation of multi-layered plastic bagging films. With several kitting facilities including primary sites in Santa Fe Springs, USA and Toulouse, France, Solvay is able to efficiently supply its global customer base.