Solvay is a world leader in surfactant technology

  Solvay Halifax Plant
Solvay Halifax occupies approximately 25 acres of land at Holywell Green, south of Halifax town, with easy access to the M62 motorway. 

The Site houses four production plants and focuses on the manufacture of surfactants, materials which are used widely in shampoos, detergents and a variety of industrial processes such textile manufacture, metal working and oilfields. Solvay Halifax also makes biocides, products which remove bacteria from water, mainly for use in swimming pools. 

Chemical manufacturing at the Solvay Halifax Site dates back to the 1970s, when a former textile mill on the site was demolished by German company Hoechst to build a new surfactant manufacturing facility.  Around 60 employees now work at the Site in production, quality control, customer service, product stewardship and engineering roles. 

Solvay Halifax manufactures more than 300 different products which are used in a diverse range of end applications, and exports approximately 30 percent of the products it makes.   

The Site is part of the global Solvay Novecare business

Community information

  Solvay Halifax and surrounding area
Halifax holds regular meetings with regulatory authorities and emergency services to keep them updated of activities on site. The site also produces a newsletter to keep the local community informed of developments, as well as a calendar.

These form part of the programme of dialogue between the site and the surrounding community – and include information on what to do in the event of an emergency.

Advice to the public

Solvay Halifax comes under the COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) regulations which aim to prevent major chemical accidents and limit the consequences to people and the environment of any accidents that may occur.  Audits covering all aspects of our health, safety and environment processes and overall performance also take place on a regular basis. Close neighbours of Solvay Halifax need to be aware of the key steps to take in the unlikely event of a chemical emergency.