Arkema has confirmed investment in its Mobile site (Alabama) in a world-scale PEKK plant, expected to come on stream in H2-2018. These investments will serve the growing needs of the carbon fibre reinforced composites and additive manufacturing (3D printing) markets, as per Business Standard. This decision confirms Arkema’s continued commitment to develop lightweight materials. The company has recently doubled the capacity of its Kepstan PEKK (polyether ketone ketone) line in France.
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.