Solvay has announced that its Solef® polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) polymers plant at Tavaux, France, has received IATF 16949:2016 accreditation for its quality management system. Building on the previously announced PVDF capacity increase at Tavaux site, making it the largest PVDF production site in Europe, this major achievement covers the design and production of PVDF battery-related applications within the automotive industry. This IATF 16949:2016 Certificate of Approval has been issued by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Group Limited (LRQA), a leading global assurance provider recognized in more than 120 countries around the world.
“IATF 16949 is the most widely used standard for quality management systems in the automotive industry, and we are proud we have received this certification,” says Maurizio Gastaldi, Battery Materials Growth Platform Director for Solvay.
“The IATF Certificate also addresses growing requests from battery makers for material suppliers to furnish proof of compliance with this international standard, and is expected to become a mandatory requirement in the global EV battery materials business,” adds Francescantonio Azzariti, Solvay’s Battery Platform Head of Commercial.
Solvay’s advanced Solef® PVDF polymers are widely used in the production of lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and fully electric vehicles (EV) by leading battery manufacturers worldwide. The proven portfolio includes binders, and separator coatings for safe and electrochemically as well as thermally stable Li-ion cells with high energy density and long cycle life.