New agreement with Solvay

Renewal of agreement for investment in research contracts and advanced training


A new agreement has been signed between Solvay and the Politecnico di Milano, renewing the collaboration between the two partners until 2022. Marco Colatarci, President and Managing Director of Solvay Specialty Polymers Italy SpA, and Ferruccio Resta, Rector of the Politecnico di Milano, signed the agreement.

The agreement centres primarily on two key areas:

- An estimated €800,000 in research contracts placed by Solvay with the Politecnico di Milano in the areas of high-performance polymer development, supramolecular materials and the administration of drugs, as well as advanced polymer printing technologies (for example, 3D printing).

Advanced training in the sectors of the latest generation polymerisation technologies, the science of polymeric materials and polymer processing.

The two companies will also collaborate on the technical-scientific front, potentially working together on national and international calls for financial support for joint projects.

"This relationship with the Politecnico di Milano is a strategic one for Solvay and allows us to develop two important, specific areas: training new talent and advanced research,” said Marco Colatarci. “The quality indicators are extremely positive. Every year we hire new talent who trained at the Politecnico and the joint research projects over the last four years have generated ten applications for international patents. This new programme agreement aims to further strengthen what is already a well-established partnership over the next few years. Solvay and the Politecnico intend to take on the new challenges of the technologically advanced materials sector together, a sector in which our Research and Development Centre in Bollate represents excellence on a global scale". 

“This agreement renews a successful model of interaction between the university and the company. It strengthens our pact which, for more than a decade, has translated our research capability into innovative shared projects, patents and cutting-edge study programmes,” added Ferruccio Resta. “From 2004 to the present, with the institution of the first chair at the Politecnico di Milano, Solvay has been able to seize that collaborative spirit which is fundamental to our University’s growth, which allows us to be competitive in strategic innovative sectors such as new materials, and which increases investment in research and development and our ability to respond concretely to employment needs.”