Arkema starts first PEKK production plant in U.S.
This investment, which complements the doubling of Kepstan® PEKK resin capacities in France in 2017, supports the strong demand for carbon fiber reinforced composites and 3D printing.
It confirms Arkema’s wish to strengthen its offering of advanced materials in the most demanding markets such as aeronautics, oil and gas, electronics and automotive, and the Group’s commitment to lightweight materials, which is one of its six innovation platforms for sustainable development.
The Kepstan® PEKK resins range features 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 Kepstan® reinforced carbon fiber PEKK, replacing metal for structural parts of future generations of aircraft, will provide lightweight materials including faster production cycles in the aeronautics and defense sectors.
Located in Axis (Alabama, USA) the Mobile site, which will produce PEKK Kepstan® resins, also manufactures plastics additives.