MOSCOW (MRC) -- Arkema, which recently doubled the capacity of its Kepstan PEKK (polyether ketone ketone) product line in France, has confirmed that its future investment at its Mobile site (Alabama, USA) in a world-scale PEKK plant, which is expected to come on stream in the second half of 2018, as per Business Standard.
These investments will serve the growing needs of the carbon fibre reinforced composites and additive manufacturing (3D printing) markets, confirming Arkema’s continued commitment to develop lightweight materials, one of their six innovation platforms.
"Arkema would like to thank its customers, partners and end-users who have made these investments possible by becoming early Kepstan PEKK adopters in their respective markets," said the company in a press release.
PEKK is the latest addition to the PAEK (polyaryl ether ketone) family which significantly increases the number of applications suitable for these very high performance polymers by offering a wider range of processing techniques and thermo-mechanical properties.
As MRC reported earlier, in February 2015, Arkema finalized the acquisition of Bostik, the world's No. 3 in adhesives. With this acquisition, the group reached a new milestone in its development, and confirms its ambition to become a world leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials.
Arkema is a leading European supplier of chlorochemicals and PVC. Kynar and Kynar Flex are registered trademarks of Arkema Inc.