Solvay will supply Safran with a package of composite material technologies to manufacture the engine’s critical structural components, including fan blades, fan case, acoustic panel and trench filler. Part of these materials will be made in and supplied from Östringen, Germany, where Solvay opened a resin facility in 2016 largely dedicated to the LEAP programme. Solvay will continue investing to support the LEAP programme.
“Solvay’s composite material technology, expertise and secure supply chain will continue to support Safran in the production of this highly innovative engine in the years to come,” says Carmelo Lo Faro, President of Solvay’s Composite Materials Global Business Unit. “The LEAP engine’s design fully leverages the benefits of composite materials to reduce fuel consumption, CO₂ emissions, noise levels and maintenance costs.”
“Solvay has been a long term trusted supplier of Safran, supplying advanced composite materials on several engine and nacelle programmes,” states Safran Vice President, Materials Purchasing, Thierry Viguier. “This agreement highlights not only the continuation of the cooperation on the LEAP programme but also the reinforcement of the relationship between the two groups on a larger portfolio.”