Solvay is to acquire EPIC Polymers’ long fiber thermoplastics (LFT) technology to complement its range of lightweighting materials and make larger automotive semi-structural parts.

Privately-owned EPIC Polymers GmbH, based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, has developed a technology which can reinforce thermoplastic polymers with long glass fibers.

‘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,’ said Augusto Di Donfrancesco, president of Solvay’s specialty polymers global business unit. ‘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.’

In addition to PEEK and PAEK polymers, the LFT technology will be applied to Solvay’s Amodel PPA and Ryton PPS portfolio of products and Technyl polyamide 6.6 (PA6.6) range.

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