Solvay reports that it has joined the ThermoPlastic Composites Research Center (TPRC) as a Tier One member.

According to the company, the TPRC is a research, development and innovation center for thermoplastic composites (TPC) focused on enabling the use of the technology in large volume applications. Solvay has also invested heavily in TPC technology development and process industrialization, while its recently opened product development center in Alpharetta, USA and customer engagement center in Brussels will work with the TPRC on joint collaboration projects, the company says.

‘Solvay and the TPRC are both committed to increasing the adoption of TPC by the aerospace and automotive industries and our membership will strengthen our ability to contribute to industry developments,’ said Dr Jim Pratte, senior research fellow at Solvay.

‘The addition to our membership of Solvay, one of the leading suppliers of specialty thermoplastic polymers and thermoplastic composite materials will allow the TPRC to broaden its focus beyond aerospace into automotive applications where there is an overlap of processing technology and materials particularly when we look at the rapidly developing urban air mobility market segment,’ added Harald Heerink, general manager at the TPRC.

This story uses material from Solvay, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.