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Solvay Hails Solar Impulse Milestone as Pioneering Triumph of Innovation and Imagination


July 3, 2015
By Business Wire News

HONOLULU

Leaders of the company whose lightweight plastics, lubricants and binders help the Solar Impulse 2 stay aloft, today applauded completion of the most ambitious segment of the solar aircraft’s ‘round the world odyssey.

Pilot Andre Borschberg and Solar Impulse 2 arrived in Hawaii from Nagoya, Japan, after five days and nights of continuous flight without using a drop of fossil fuel. The landing marks the longest non-stop, solar-powered flight in aviation history and is the most challenging leg for the plane’s attempt to circumnavigate the globe, powered only by the sun.

As an original main partner in the Solar Impulse venture, Solvay developed new, lightweight technologies and applications to minimize weight and maximize energy efficiency on board the Solar Impulse 2.

“In many ways, Solar Impulse is a flying laboratory for new and existing lightweight technologies and other materials that can help to achieve breakthrough results in energy efficiency,” according to Claude Michel, Solvay’s Solar Impulse project manager. “It’s a remarkably successful mix of innovation and imagination.”

“We welcome Andre and the Solar Impulse 2 team to U.S. soil and we share the world’s acclaim for this aviation feat,” said George Corbin, president of Solvay Specialty Polymers’ North American operations and global vice president of research & technology. Solvay’s Specialty Polymers business unit produces most of the company’s 15 products that comprise more than 6,000 parts on Solar Impulse 2.

“Every Solvay employee around the world proudly shares in this celebration, knowing that Solvay innovations help to turn this seemingly impossible venture into a reality.” Corbin added, “We look forward to continuing today’s achievement as Solar Impulse 2 completes its ‘round the world mission to Phoenix and New York, and beyond in the weeks ahead.”

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As an international chemical group, SOLVAYassists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. Solvay generates 90% of its net sales in activities where it is among the world’s top three players. It serves many markets, varying from energy and the environment to automotive and aerospace or electricity and electronics, with one goal: to raise the performance of its clients and improve society’s quality of life. The group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 26,000 people in 52 countries and generated 10.2 billion euros in net sales in 2014. Solvay SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on EURONEXTin Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB.BB– Reuters: SOLBT.BR).

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