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Solutia invests in Gent, Belgium plant

Solutia announced 8 December 2010 that it will upgrade its facility in Gent, Belgium to produce multi-layer rolls of Saflex(R) Q series advanced acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB) sheet for automotive a…

Solutia announced 8 December 2010 that it will upgrade its facility in Gent, Belgium to produce multi-layer rolls of Saflex(R) Q series advanced acoustic polyvinyl butyral (PVB) sheet for automotive applications. The expansion will serve growing global market demand for acoustic glazing, building on Solutia“s current automotive acoustic production capacity in Santo Toribio, Mexico. “This project is a key part of the Saflex growth strategy and marks the latest step in our investment program for the business”, said Tim Wessel, president and general manager, Advanced Interlayers division. “This expansion optimizes our production on a global scale to meet demand from the increasing number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) acoustic automotive platforms around the world. Our Gent facility is the largest PVB sheet plant in the world. Adding acoustic technology for automotive applications complements the architectural acoustic investment made at Gent in 2010 and provides the highest degree of responsiveness and quality to our customers”. The new acoustic production capabilities will be deployed within the current boundaries of the Gent plant, leveraging existing infrastructure and the plant“s 40-plus years of experience in manufacturing Saflex products. The new upgrade will be designed to employ the latest technology, enabling the production process to be highly automated. In 2010, the company expanded its third extrusion line in the Gent facility to produce 3.2-meter wide rolls of advanced, multi-layer acoustic interlayer for the European architectural market.

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