Solvay consortium to develop high-volume automotive composites

Chemical company Solvay, along with auto supplier Bentley and composite manufacturer Penso, has been awarded a multi-million-pound grant by the UK government’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) for the Flexible Lightweight Architecture for Volume Applications (FLAVA) automotive project.

 FLAVA will develop the composite design, material and manufacturing technologies required to implement a modular, multi-material Body-In-White structure suited for large production volume.

 The project, through making composite vehicle prototypes, will look into ways to meet emission legislation with design flexibility, structural integration, lightweighting, vehicle assembly and logistics simplification.

‘We are honoured to have been awarded this grant by the UK Government, and through this project we look forward to further develop our composite technologies portfolio to translate these technologies to the high-volume automotive market,’ said Alex Aucken, UK automotive director, at Solvay Composite Materials.

This story is reprinted from material from Solvay, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.