Solvay acquires Epic Polymers’s LFT technology

Belgian chemicals firm Solvay has acquired Epic Polymers’ long-fibre thermoplastics (LFT) technology to complement its offering of lightweight materials and produce metal replacement for larger automotive parts.

Privately-owned, Germany-based Epic Polymers developed a technology to reinforce high performance thermoplastic polymers with long glass fibres. The reinforced material has high impact resistance, strength and stiffness at elevated temperatures.

“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, providing further possibilities for metal replacement in other markets such as transportation,” he continued.

Solvay Specialty Polymers’ products replace metal in an array of automotive under-the-hood components such as hot air ducts, powertrains, engine control units, oil and water modules and conduits, while LFTs are typically used to make interior/exterior semi-structural parts.

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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