Solvay (company)

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Solvay S.A.
Type Société anonyme
Traded as EuronextSOLB
Industry Chemicals
Founded 1863
Founder(s) Ernest Solvay
Headquarters Brussels, Belgium
Key people Nicolas Boël (Chairman), Jean-Pierre Clamadieu (CEO)
Products Chemicals and plastics
Revenue €12.831 billion (2012)[1]
Profit €710 million (2012)[1]
Total assets €18.238 billion (end 2012)[1]
Total equity €6.596 billion (end 2012)[1]
Employees 29100 (FTE, end 2012)[1]
Website www.solvay.com

Solvay S.A. is a Belgian chemical company founded in 1863, with its head office in Neder-Over-Heembeek, Brussels, Belgium.

In 2012, it realized 12.8 billion € in revenues, 2.1 billion € of REBITDA, 40% of its sales in emerging high-growth countries, 90% of its sales in markets where it is ranked among the top three manufacturers. It employs 29,100 people in 55 countries.

History[edit]

Founded in 1863[2] by Ernest Solvay to produce sodium carbonate by the solvay process, the company has diversified into two major sectors of activity: chemicals and plastics. Before World War I, Solvay was the largest multination company in the world.[3] It was formerly also active in pharmaceuticals, but agreed to sell that entire division to Abbott Labs for €4.5 billion in September 2009,[4] a deal completed in February 2010.

In April 2011, the firm agreed to the €3.4 billion acquisition of French-based chemicals company Rhodia[5] and achieved in September 2011.

Since January 2012, the new Solvay is listed on the NYSE Euronext in Paris and joined the CAC 40 index in September 2012 to replace PSA Peugeot Citroën.[6] Solvay is historically listed on the NYSE Euronext in Brussels and part of BEL20 index.

Following its integration with Rhodia, the Committee of Executive Members at Solvay reorganised its various business units into five segments - Consumer Chemicals, Advanced Materials, Performance Chemicals, Functional Polymers and Corporate & Business Services, effective from 2013. The primary purposes of these changes were to take the Group closer to its customers, be more agile and be better placed to seize opportunities and realize its growth ambitions.[1]

The company is a supporter of the Solvay Conferences that were started by Ernest Solvay in 1911.[7]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Solvay America offices in Houston, Texas

The company's head office is located in Brussels, Belgium.[8]

Solvay's United States subsidiary, Solvay America, Inc., is based in Houston, Texas.[9][10]

Products[edit]

Solvay is main partner of Solar Impulse and has contributed to the airplane in particular, with important R&D resources, which is scheduled to make maiden test flights in 2010.[11]

Fuel cell technology
SolviCore, a joint venture by Umicore and Solvay in the field of fuel cells is already pre-marketing membrane-electrode assemblies for different types of fuel cells for portable or mobile use.[12]

New generation lithium batteries for hybrid vehicles components make use of Solvay fluorinated polymers. Compared to conventional vehicles the hybrids reduce CO2 emissions by 30%.[13]
Soil remediation
Novosol: sodium bicarbonate-based process for treating and recovering mineral residues contaminated with heavy metals. [14]

Renewable feedstock
Development and industrialization of proprietary Epicerol process for manufacturing epichlorhydrin from natural glycerin.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report 2012". Solvay. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  2. ^ Solvay 150 Years History
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Gray-Block, Aaron; Blenkinsop, Philip (28 September 2009). "Abbott buys Solvay's drugs unit for 4.5 bln euros". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-09-28. 
  5. ^ Gray-Block, Aaron (4 April 2011). "Solvay bids 3.4 bln euros for France's Rhodia". Reuters. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  6. ^ Solvay replaced PSA Peugeot Citroën in CAC 40 index
  7. ^ Solvay Conferences Fundings
  8. ^ "Solvay Headquarters access map." Solvay. Retrieved on 5 July 2011. "Rue du Prince Albert, 33 - 1050 Ixelles"
  9. ^ "Solvay News & Press Regional contacts." Solvay. Retrieved on 5 July 2011. "Solvay America, Inc. 3333 Richmond Avenue Houston TX 77098-3009"
  10. ^ "Harris County Improvement District #3." (see map) Upper Kirby. Retrieved on December 10, 2008.
  11. ^ http://www.solarimpulse.com/en/documents/partner.php?lang=en&group=partner
  12. ^ Présentation SolviCore
  13. ^ http://www.solvaysolexis.com/static/wma/pdf/1/6/3/3/5/Solef_Liion_20090827EN.pdf Lithium batteries for hybrid vehicles
  14. ^ http://www.solvay-investors.com/static/wma/pdf/1/9/9/2/RA_Solvay2003_EN.pdf
  15. ^ http://www.solvaypress.com/pressreleases/0,,52477-2-0,00.htm

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