Saflex®: The Invisible Difference™
Solutia’s Saflex business is the most trusted name in polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer technology for laminated glazing - delivering outstanding performance and durability, backed by reliable and knowledgeable service. As a result, it is found in nearly 40 percent of laminated architectural and automotive glass worldwide.
In automotive applications, Saflex PVB interlayers offer solutions for windshield weight reduction and reduced interior cabin noise, without compromising passenger safety. Used in commercial and residential architectural applications, Saflex offers a variety of benefits ranging from sound reduction in interior spaces to high impact hurricane protection from Mother Nature. Saflex interlayers are also used to encapsulate thin film photovoltaic solar cells, providing outstanding processability and durability.
Demand for laminated glass continues to rise globally, with strong growth in Asia and Europe foreseen through the next decade. Saflex is investing to meet this growing demand, positioning its asset base to meet the challenges of global growth, and introducing innovative products such as a new acoustic interlayer for automotive windshields and interlayers for the fast-growing thin-film photovoltaic market.
Benefits of Using Saflex
Laminated glass made with Saflex enhanced acoustic interlayer is lighter than traditional automotive glass. As a result, Saflex enables automakers to reduce vehicle weight, helping them meet and exceed global environmental regulations such as the CO2 emissions standards in the Kyoto Protocol as well as the Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards.
Residential and Commercial Architectural Markets
Saflex interlayers are valued in architectural applications for the safety, security, acoustic and solar benefits provided. From hurricanes to bomb blasts, Saflex provides safety and security from shattered glass by holding the glass to the interlayer on impact. Saflex interlayers provide protection from damaging ultraviolet solar rays, in addition to acoustic sound dampening benefits that are valued in spaces such as airports, restaurants and industrial complexes.
Saflex is helping make solar energy more affordable. Its many qualities — including durability, safety, processability and moisture protection — make it the preferred encapsulate material for use in the world’s largest amorphous silicon thin-film solar panels.
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