Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Centre, Tel Aviv_

The 5 roofs, designed to look like dove wings, were not feasible in conventional materials. A concrete alternative measured over 1m in thickness!! This would result in unacceptable weight. Solico engineered this elegant alternative.

Maeslant storm surge barrier_

The Maeslant barrier has been fitted with new bearings, developed by Rijkswaterstaat and Solico. These bearings combine a low friction coefficient with a very high load capacity.

Masts_

Solico engineered the radar masts for multiple super yachts. Low weight and radar transparancy are the key benefits of composites in these structures.

Design and engineering of composite products is our core business_

The largest independent composite engineering company in the Benelux.

Our vast experience is the best start for the success of your product.

Independence from production methods and suppliers results in the best design.

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New corporate identity

Solico is happy to announce its new corporate identity, logo and website. As per January first we have updated our projects section and refreshed the appearances but rest assured... We are still Solico. Same people, same quality, same performance!!

Freedom of geometry

Double curved shapes are easily produced in composite materials at almost no extra cost. For production of limited series the relatively low moulding costs are an additional benefit.

High strength

In general, fiber reinforced plastics outperform metals (e.g. steel and aluminium) in strength.

Sonar/Radar Transparency

Composites are very well known for their transparency to radar and low damping properties.

Insulation

Typical GRP lambda values are 1, compared to 50 for steel and 237 for aluminium, which results in excellent insulation properties.

Chemical resistance

Composite materials are resistant to a lot of chemical products such as acids, hydroxides, crude oil, etc. Corrosion resistance against salt and seawater is excellent.

Lightweight

The specific weight of composites varies between 1.5 and 2.0 compared to 2.7 to 7.8 for aluminium and steel.

Cost effectiveness

Though composite materials themselves are slightly more expensive than metals, combining properties such as insulation and weight savings often results in a cost effective product.

Non-magnetic

The non-magnetic properties of glassfiber reinforced composites are a major advantage especially in sonar and radar applications.

High stiffness to weight ratio

The stiffness to weight ratio of a high modulus carbon fiber construction is typically 5 times higher than steel or aluminium.

Esthetics

Slender constructions and seamless façades are examples of esthetics driven design. These type of structures are impossible to construct with traditional materials.

Integration of functions

By combining functions such as strength and insulation in one product, a composite solution is often more cost effective than the sum of traditional solutions.

Limited thermal expansion

Thermal expansion of composite materials can be tuned. Depending on the fiber used it can vary between 0 and 30 where steel has an alpha of 12.

Low maintenance

Steel structures typically require periodic maintenance such as conservation and paint systems to prevent corrosion. Composites are not susceptible to corrosion resulting in lower Life-cycle costs.