Chemical giant Solvay has apparently announced an extension of its supply contract with Spirit AeroSystems. The supply agreement had initially been signed for adhesives and composites used across Boeing’s commercial aircraft programs, in the construction of the nacelle and fuselage sections.
As per the agreement, the products being supplied by Solvay to Spirit are SM 905 lightning strike protection, CYCOM 934 carbon fiber composites, BR 127 corrosion inhibiting primer and FM 377 and FM 73 adhesive films. The agreement signifies a continuation of the collaborative partnership between the two companies and will help them in achieving continuous growth, business stability and increased value, stated Ron Rabe, the Senior VP for Operations at Spirit AeroSystems. He added that extension of the contract has displayed great commitment of the companies which is essential for supporting the unparalleled rate of commercial airplane production.
According to records, Spirit AeroSystems is an integral part of all the commercial programs of Boeing, along with many platforms of Airbus. Recently, Boeing declared estimates which stated that almost 42,730 jets will be required globally over the next 20 years, with its 737 passenger jets constituting most of the demand. Records further indicate that Spirit builds approx. 70% of Boeing’s 737 model at the company’s facility in Wichita, making it a critical component for meeting the anticipated global demand.
President of Solvay’s Composite Materials Global Business Unit, Carmelo Lo Faro mentioned that Spirit is experiencing a record build rate throughout its single aisles products and signing the supply agreement will allow Solvay to offer a supply security to Spirit for maintaining its production levels.
For the record, Composite Materials, Solvay’s new Global Business Unit, provides technologically advanced lightweight materials that enable aerospace, automotive and several different industries to develop and manufacture superior quality, high performance complex composite structures.