The need for sustainable mobility is rising rapidly as the world’s population grows and urban living becomes more common. The numbers are staggering. The UN estimates that by 2050 the world’s population will be close to 10 billion, an increase of 2.5 billion on today’s population, and that three-quarters of us will live in cities. Ensuring that all of these people are able to move around easily requires radical new approaches to sustainable mobility.
To create these breakthrough solutions, Solvay has gone beyond the role of being just a material provider. We’re now a solutions provider for processes, simulations, testing, and every other task in the manufacturing process. We care for our customers and their customers by helping them to integrate these technologies into their products.
Deploying a new Solvay technology has an impact on the entire vehicle. That’s why Solvay is also working closely with our partners – both in academia and in industry – to understand each system and the impact our products make. This is a new approach but it also gives us an insight into the upcoming technology shifts and the roadmaps of our partners. We’re also holding Tech Days with both aviation and automotive OEMs to demonstrate the added value and potential of chemistry for eco-mobility.
At Solvay we are focusing our research in four main areas: reducing weight; improving powertrain efficiency; electrification; and green solutions.
Reducing weight saves energy
Our recent acquisition of Cytec has broadened our portfolio of lightweight solutions to address both the existing aerospace market and emerging trends in the automotive sector. These new polymers and advanced composites will reduce weight significantly. But in addition to new materials, we will also offer our customers the competencies they require to integrate them into their processes.
Improving powertrain efficiency