Solvay has acquired privately-owned German company EPIC Polymers GmbH (Kaiserslautern), developer of a an innovative technology to reinforce high performance thermoplastic polymers with long glass fibers. EPIC Polymers' long-fiber thermoplastics (LFT) technology will reportedly complement Solvay's offerings of high performance lightweighting materials and gain access to metal replacement of larger automotive semi-structural parts.
Demand-led growth for these sophisticated tailored materials offering superior mechanical and thermal properties, coupled with high impact resistance, strength and stiffness at elevated temperatures, is driven by the need to reduce fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions. "Having this technology is an important step in the expansion of Solvay Specialty Polymers' broad offering of materials that are simultaneously light and ultra-performing. We will be able to provide larger semi-structural parts for the automotive sector, our key market, and develop expertise to apply LFT technology to core polymers including KetaSpire PEEK and AvaSpire PAEK, providing further possibilities for metal replacement in other markets such as transportation," said Augusto Di Donfrancesco, President of Solvay's Specialty Polymers Global Business Unit.