Poly-Ether-Ketone-Ketone Arkema Ramps Up Polymer Production for 3D-Printing

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Arkema is boosting its production capacities for PEKK (Poly-Ether-Ketone-Ketone) ultra high performance polymers for carbon fiber composites and 3D printing in France and the US.

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Colombes/France – In order to meet growing demand in carbon fiber composites and in 3D printing, Arkema announces that it is to double its production capacities in France by the first half of 2016. Furthermore, the Group plans to build a worldscale PEKK production plant on its Mobile site (Alabama, United States) that would be scheduled to come on stream in the second half of 2018.

PEKK stands out from the PAEK (Poly-Aryl-Ether-Ketone) family by its extensive range of processing technologies and excellent thermomechanical behavior. PEKK complements Arkema’s range of thermoplastic resins and broadens their range of applications in the aerospace, energy and electronics sectors.