Solvay and Zotefoams sign supply agreement for advanced cellular material solutions in aerospace
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Solvay and Zotefoams sign supply agreement for advanced cellular material solutions in aerospace

Collaboration opens exciting new perspectives in weight reduction and noise & vibration management for aircraft cabin interiors

  • By ICN Bureau | June 28, 2023

Solvay, a global market leader in polymer and composite materials, signed a long-term agreement with Zotefoams, the world’s largest manufacturer of lightweight cross-linked polyolefin block foams and a specialist in innovative technical foams, for the supply of Solef polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF).

Solef will be used to produce Zotefoams’ ZOTEK F high-performance closed cell crosslinked aerospace foam range. The collaboration will target a wide range of interior applications in aerospace including ducting, carpet underlay, environmental control systems and insulation, where low weight, high flame retardancy and cost-effective processability are paramount.

“This agreement marks the starting point of a collaborative partnership towards supply security, quality and innovation,” says Marc Doyle, Executive Vice President for Aerospace & Defense of Solvay Materials Business. “It opens exciting new perspectives for weight reduction as well as noise and vibration management for interior components thanks to Solef PVDF, extending the reach of our polymers into yet another demanding market segment. We are excited to partner with Zotefoams in helping the aircraft industry achieve its ambitious environmental and sustainability targets.”

Solef PVDF is inherently flame retardant and combines a high degree of purity with robust mechanical properties, electrochemical stability and broad chemical resistance at high temperatures.

“PVDF foam is the ideal material for a multitude of applications in air- and spacecraft interiors and we are delighted that this agreement gives security of supply for our customers in unpredictable times," comments James Bridges, Director of High-Performance Products at Zotefoams.

"As the commercial aviation sector strives to meet stringent carbon reduction targets, the lightweighting capabilities of ZOTEK F are more in demand than ever, so the announcement of our partnership with Solvay could not be more timely. We look forward to working together to explore new horizons with cellular materials based on Solef PVDF.”

Manufactured at Solvay’s sites in North America, Europe and Asia to the same standards of purity and consistency, Solef PVDF is available world-wide and offers a high level of global supply security.

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