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Solvay SA, one of the largest worldwide chemical players, signed with Fibroline an agreement concerning the use of the patented Fibroline technology, for the manufacture of fiber reinforced materials impregnated with PVC.
The Fibroline technology enables the impregnation of powder form materials into porous structures of various types, such as textiles, papers, foams, as well as composite materials. Solvay developed within its European Subsidiary SolVin, special PVC formulations, which, associated with the optimal powder distribution obtained with the Fibroline technology, are leading to high performances composite materials called FibroVin.
After industrial applications for technical textiles, Fibroline is now entering the composite materials business. The objective of both Solvay and Fibroline is to extend the range of PVC composite materials, initially focused on glass fibers composites for building industry, to other fibers and businesses.
About Fibroline:Fibroline is a young European company that was created in 2003. Its product development centre is located in France, near Lyon. Fibroline markets its know-how and patents to manufacturers on a licence basis. Fibroline receives the support of the French Agency OSEO Innovation, European community and European business angels, and has devoted more than ten million euros to developing the company since 2003.
About Solvay:Solvay is an international chemical Group committed to sustainable development with a clear focus on innovation and operational excellence. It is realizing over 90% of its sales in markets where it is among the top 3 global leaders. Solvay offers a broad range of products that contribute to improving the quality of life and the performance of its customers in markets such as consumer goods, construction, automotive, energy, water and environment, and electronics. The Group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 31,000 people in 55 countries and generated EUR 12.7 billion in net sales in 2011 (pro forma).