Solvay- Penso Partnership Accelerating Industrialization of Composite Parts Manufacturing

December 16 2019

A Solvay partnership in the UK is paving the way for the industrialization of the production of composite material parts for vehicles, making for quicker and easier manufacturing, and lightweighting to reduce CO2 emissions. ASDA Delivery vans are first, but the aerospace industry is paying close attention.

Penso is a British manufacturing and engineering services company specialized in the production of automotive parts made of composite materials for high-end vehicles, or “supercars”. Solvay partnered with Penso to create the Flexible Lightweight Architecture for Volume Applications (FLAVA) consortium, with the objective of establishing a composite supply chain for the automotive industry that could offer new manufacturing processes enabling design flexibility, logistics simplification and lightweighting to meet emissions legislation, while reducing costs. In 2017, FLAVA was awarded a multi-million pound grant by the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), and Mercedes-Benz Vans UK quickly became a project partner.

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