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Arkema starts its first US PEKK production plant

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Arkema has successfully started up a polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) plant at its site near Mobile, Alabama, US. This investment is a new step in the Group’s growth strategy in high-performance polymers and advanced materials, the development of which is supported by the Group’s cutting-edge technologies in search of solutions for sustainable development.

This investment, which complements the doubling of Kepstan® PEKK resin capacities in France in 2017, supports the strong demand for carbon fibre reinforced composites and 3D printing. It confirms Arkema’s strategy of strengthening its offering of advanced materials in the most demanding markets such as aeronautics, oil and gas, electronics and automotive, and the commitment to lightweight materials, which is one of its six innovation platforms for sustainable development.

PEKK resins feature excellent mechanical, chemical, fire and abrasion resistance. These resins also accommodate a wide range of processing technologies, particularly in the field of 3D printing where they are uniquely suited for powder sintering and filament extrusion processes.

Parts made of reinforced carbon fibre PEKK, replacing metal for structural parts of future generations of aircraft, will provide lightweight materials including faster production cycles in the aeronautics and defence sectors.

Christophe André, Arkema’s Vice-President Advanced Materials, said “This new capacity, which has been brought on line on schedule, will enable our customers and their customers to better meet the future demand for ever more efficient materials.”

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