Arkema expands PEKK production to satisfy demand for composites, 3D printing


French chemicals company Arkema (Colombe) has announced that it will increase production capacity of its new Kepstan polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) in France and the United States to meet growing demand for the material in carbon-fiber composites and 3D printing applications.

Arkema intends to double production at its French facility by mid-2016. The company also plans to build a PEKK production plant at its Mobile, AL, site, which it wants to bring on stream in the second half of 2018. Currently the Mobile plant manufactures products based on acrylic polymers, thio chemicals and organo tins.

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