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Solvay to acquire Cytec
Thursday, 30 July 2015

alt Solvay, the Brussels, Belgium-headquartered chemicals major with 2014 sales of $10.2 billion, is to acquire Cytec in a deal that values the composites leader at $ 6.4 billion.

Headquartered in New Jersey with 4,600 employees across the globe, Cytec generated sales of $2 billion in 2014. It sources almost half of its sales from North America, nearly a third from EMEA and the remainder from Asia Pacific and Latin America.

In the composite materials sector, which represents two thirds of Cytec sales, its principal market is primary and secondary structures for aircraft. It is also developing new technological applications for composites in automotive. Cytec is also the leader in tailored specialty chemical formulations to enhance mining separation processes.   Read More >>


Welcome to Ecocomposites

The increasing replacement of metals and wood with composites is intrinsically environmentally responsible.
Composites allow structures to shed weight, and as a consequence have a big role to play in reducing both the use of petrochemicals and CO2 emissions
cross a wide range of end-use industries.

However, many other developments are taking place in the composites industry. They involve, for example, the development of natural and bio-based fibres and resins, along with cleaner and more efficient processes.
You?ll find all the news of this drive towards a greener tomorrow right here.

Adrian Wilson, editor

Bio-based PP for injection moulding

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

article thumbnailTerralene PP 2509 is a new polypropylene compound from FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, based in Willich, Germany, which contains 35% renewable content and has been optimised for injection moulding...

Project to increase carbon elongation

Monday, 27 July 2015

article thumbnailSGL is receiving just under €1million from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the development of a new type of customised carbon fibre for thermoplastic...


Bio focus at Composites Europe 2015

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

article thumbnailThe spotlight will be on biocomposites at the forthcoming Composites Europe 2015 which takes place in Stuttgart from September 22-24.  Wood and natural fibres such as cotton, flax fibre, hemp, jute...

Advanced prepregs from NTPT

Monday, 13 July 2015

article thumbnailHaving this year installed a new automated tape laying (ATL) machine to effect a step change in production capacity for its multi-axial prepreg preforms, North Thin Ply Technologies (NTPT) will make...