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SOLVAY partners Vertical Aerospace to provide composite structures for VA-1X eVTOL

By Chris Stonor

Solvay has partnered with the Vertical Aerospace electric air-taxi program to supply composite and adhesive technologies as well as technical support, reports

 Solvay’s role is to develop the composite structure of the passenger air-taxi programVA-1X. This piloted eVTOL flagship aircraft will be able to carry 4 passengers and 1 pilot for 160 km at cruise speeds of 240kmph.

As part of the agreement Solvay is to provide access to its composite and adhesive products as well as its specialised technical and application support both at Solvay’s European Centres and at Vertical Aerospace’s office in Bristol, UK. Together, the companies aim to successfully develop the first flying prototype scheduled for a test flight in September 2021.

Carmelo Lo Faro, President of Solvay Composite Materials Global Business Unit, commented, ”Solvay is proud to partner with Vertical Aerospace, a pioneer in sustainable aviation technologies, whose VA-1X aircraft is set to revolutionise the way we travel. Our advanced materials will be key enablers to the mass-adoption of eVTOLs.”

The VA-1X is to be electrically powered and where possible, offer emission-free flights. The aircraft certification is planned for 2024 with commercial services starting shortly after.

Michael Cervenka, CEO of Vertical Aerospace, said, ”We are incredibly excited to be working hand in hand with Solvay, co-innovating to develop a lightweight, advanced and sustainable eVTOL thanks to its portfolio of advanced materials.”

Founded in 1863, Solvay today has more than 24,100 employees in 64 countries. The company ranks among the world’s top three companies in its specialist field and delivered net sales of EUR10.2 billion in 2019. e its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a Level I ADR program.

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