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Solvay moves on campus for materials collaboration
Thursday, 17 March 2022
NIAR and Solvay will host an opening ceremony later this year for their joint endeavour within the ATLAS lab in Wichita. Its efforts will aim to improve materials and processes for aerospace manufacturers.

Solvay and Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) have agreed to collaborate on research and materials development at NIAR's facilities in Wichita, Kansas. The partnership is aimed at developing future solutions to bolster the aviation industry and create opportunities for companies of all sizes to revolutionise the future of flight.

Scientists and engineers at Solvay will be embedded within NIAR's Advanced Technologies Lab for Aerospace Systems (ATLAS), a multi-disciplinary manufacturing environment and engineering education program that helps prepare engineers and educators for the Factory of the Future and aid the current workforce in seamlessly adapting to advancements in the workplace. ATLAS includes more than 150,000 square feet of space dedicated to developing prototypes, testing the durability and strength of aviation components, and partnering with aerospace OEMs to discover creative solutions that can improve their aircraft.

Work has already begun between Solvay, NIAR and customers. Through this partnership, NIAR and Solvay will develop applications for a wide variety of aerospace verticals, including commercial aircraft, defense, urban air mobility, and many more applications and; both known and not yet imagined. Solvay's strategic involvement with NIAR furthers its commitment to expanding its broad portfolio in the aerospace industry, from composite materials, adhesives, surfacing films, and specialty polymers for fixed-wing aircraft, rotorcraft, propulsion and systems, space and launch, and urban air mobility (UAM) applications.

"Solvay is excited to work with NIAR and Wichita State University to take the aerospace industry to new heights," says Carmelo Lo Faro, President of Solvay Materials Segment and board member of the Aerospace Industries Association. "This partnership provides Solvay with access to the invaluable facilities and prototyping capabilities of NIAR's research and development centres while helping our business partners realise new applications of our materials that can improve performance and sustainability."

"We're thrilled to have Solvay onsite to provide material guidance and support on a variety of aerospace manufacturing applications," adds John Tomblin, WSU senior vice president for Industry and Defense Programs and NIAR executive director, ATLAS Director and Senior Research Scientist in Composites and Structures at NIAR. "Solvay scientists work closely with our researchers to exchange ideas and results. We get guidance and material support, while Solvay also connects us with leading players in the aerospace industry to foster future collaboration."

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