Polymer and composite materials producer Solvay has signed a long-term agreement with Zotefoams for the supply of Solef polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF).
Zotefoams will use Solef for its ZOTEK F high-performance closed cell crosslinked aerospace foam range, targeting 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.
James Bridges, Director of High-Performance Products at Zotefoams, said: “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.
“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.”
Marc Doyle, Executive Vice President for Aerospace and Defense of Solvay Materials Business, said: “This agreement marks the starting point of a collaborative partnership towards supply security, quality and innovation.
“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.”