Belgian speciality chemicals company Solvay SA has signed a long-term agreement with French aerospace and defence company Safran for the supply of high temperature composites and adhesives.
Safran will use these advanced materials on "several of their critical engine components," said Solvay in a 14 May statement, without giving further details.
The supply contract follows an agreement between the two companies last year for the supply advanced structural composites for the LEAP engine, manufactured by CFM International, a 50:50 joint venture between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE.
The LEAP engines are used on Airbus, Boeing and Comac single-aisle programmes.
As part of the LEAP agreement, Solvay supplies Safran with a package of composite material technologies to manufacture the engine’s critical structural components, including fan blades, fan case, acoustic panel and trench filler.
The recently-announced contract, said Solvay, is expected to further extend and reinforces the two companies' collaboration on demanding applications.
Solvay has stepped up its aerospace activities since the €6.2bn acquisition of Cytec in 2015.
As part of Cytec's integration, Solvay created the composite materials global business unit in 2016, into which the former Cytec airspace materials composite business was absorbed.
The business unit supplies lightweighting material solutions to the aerospace, automotive and other demanding industries.