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A sub 60 seconds cure thermoset prepreg resin system for automotive applications

News International-French

20 Mar 2017

Solvay launches SolvaLite 730, a next-generation sub 60 seconds cure technology specifically developed for high volume automotive applications.

A sub 60 seconds cure thermoset prepreg resin system for automotive applications
This next-generation material, formulated with Reichhold Advalite resins, offers a combination of characteristics and benefits to the market including:
  • Sub 60 seconds cure capability, making it adapted for high volume structural applications (150,000 vehicles p.a.)
  • Standard properties in line with autoclave-cured high-performance automotive systems
  • Good toughness when compared with other available rapid cure systems
  • Low tack, designed for use in automated processes.
  • Storage stable at room temperature, removing the need for freezers and temperature controlled transportation. This prepreg resin system offers very high flexibility in processing and enables the efficient manufacturing of different types of components at high rates. 

"SolvaLite 730 rapid cure capability, combined with Solvay's process innovations allow for high rate manufacture of composite structures meeting the automotive OEMs cost and capacity targets,” said Gerald Perrin, Program Management Director - Serial Automotive, at Solvay Composite Materials. “Reichhold was a key partner in developing this innovative chemistry that supported Solvay's unique approach to producing serial automotive composite structures.” 

John Ilkka, Business Development Manager - Advanced Materials at Reichhold added, “Reichhold, working with Solvay under a collaboration agreement, developed the novel Advalite™ resin system that was used to formulate SolvaLite 730. We are excited to see this novel product on the market as we believe it represents a step-change for the industry.”