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Solvay launches new application testing laboratory in Shanghai

The company is launching its first APT centre outside Europe to support the growth of its customers in the Asia region.

9th May 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Shanghai

Industrial, Transport/​Aerospace, Civil Engineering

Solvay Engineering Plastics, a leader in polyamide-based performance materials, has announced the launch of a dedicated part testing laboratory in Shanghai, China, to support the growth of its customers in the Asia region.

Starting in the end of this year, this first Application Performance Testing (APT) centre outside Europe aims at accelerating the development and validation of Technyl applications for automotive, consumer and electrical markets, the company reports.

Significant investment

“Our decision to create a dedicated facility in Shanghai will greatly enhance our ability to respond to our Chinese and Asian customers, thereby offering an optimum service to tiers and OEMs active in the region,” commented Peter Browning, General Manager for Solvay Engineering Plastics.

“This significant investment complements our state-of-the-art capabilities in Europe, enabling Solvay’s team to closely support Asian customers, who represent more than 40% of our business activity, in optimizing the use of Technyl materials.”

APT Technyl Validation

APT Technyl Validation is an advanced high quality and flexible service, which offers a wide scope of part testing to meet the most demanding industry standards, the company reports.

Most of Solvay’s bench tests are developed and customized in close collaboration with OEMs and major Tier 1 suppliers. The company’s APT laboratory located at the TechnylInnovation Center in Lyon, France, includes an array of equipment to address metal replacement, thermal management and fluid barrier application parts testing.

This notably coolant (glycol) and oil circulation, hydraulic testing for structural applications, oil separation, air pulsation (up to 230°C), vibration testing for temperatures ranging from -35°C to +180°C, etc.

New part testing laboratory

Solvay’s new part testing laboratory in Shanghai will initially be equipped with installations dedicated to metal replacement applications. Progressively, the facility will be equipped with additional apparatus for testing thermal management and fluid barrier applications.

APT TechnylValidation is part of the comprehensive and advanced service offer from Solvay Engineering Plastics, which also includes unique CAE simulation capabilities with MMI Technyl Design and 3D printing with SinterlineTechnylPrototyping.

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