Solvay in the United Kingdom

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Solvay has had a presence in the UK since the 1970s, initially with a 50% stake in the Warrington manufacturing site and ownership of a number of sales companies. In 1992, Solvay acquired full ownership of the Warrington site, a plant which actually began operations in 1948. The site in Oldbury was first established in 1851 by Arthur Albright and became part of Solvay in 2011 - it is the longest running manufacturing operation in the global Solvay group.

Following Solvay's acquisition of the Cytec composite materials business in 2015, Solvay now has 10 sites across the UK, bringing the total number of employees to around 1000.

Solvay develops high added-value, innovative, sustainable and competitive solutions, tailored to the demands of its end customers for the following markets:

  • Automotive & aerospace

  • Agro, feed & food

  • Building & construction

  • Consumer goods & healthcare

  • Electrical & electronics

  • Resources & environment

  • Industrial applications

In the United Kingdom, we produce a variety of products including:

  • Composite Materials

  • Peroxygens

  • Phosphorus derivatives

  • Surfactants

About Solvay

Solvay is an advanced materials and specialty chemicals company, committed to developing chemistry that address key societal challenges. Solvay innovates and partners with customers worldwide in many diverse end markets. Its products are used in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, as well as in mineral and oil and gas extraction, enhancing efficiency and sustainability. Its lightweighting materials promote cleaner mobility, its formulations optimize the use of resources and its performance chemicals improve air and water quality. Solvay is headquartered in Brussels with around 24,500 employees in 61 countries. Net sales were €10.1 billion in 2017, with 90% from activities where Solvay ranks among the world’s top 3 leaders, resulting in an EBITDA margin of 22%. Solvay SA (SOLB.BE) is listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB.BB- Reuters: SOLB.BR) and in the United States its shares (SOLVY) are traded through a level-1 ADR program. (Figures take into account the announced divestment of Polyamides.)