Solvay SA engages in the manufacture and distribution of chemical and plastic products. It operates through the following segments: Advanced Formulations, Advanced Materials, Performance Chemicals, and Corporate and Business Services. The Advanced Formulations segment offers customized specialty formulations that impact surface chemistry and alter liquid behavior, to optimize efficiency and yield, while minimizing the environmental impact. The Advanced Materials segment materials for multiple applications primarily in the automotive, aerospace, electronics, and health markets. This segment provides sustainable mobility solution, reducing weight and improving CO2 and energy efficiency. The Performance Chemicals segment operates in mature and resilient markets and has positions in chemical intermediates. Success is based on economies of scale and state-of-the-art production technology. The Corporate and Business Services segment includes corporate and other business services, such as the research & innovation center. This segment also incorporates the GBU energy services, whose mission is to optimize energy consumption and reduce CO2 emissions. The company was founded by Ernest Solvay in 1863 and is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.