To develop thermoplastic composite solutions for the aerospace industry, material suppliers Arkema SA and Hexcel Corp. have established strategic alliances.
The two companies stated in a statement on March 26 that they will combine Hexcel's carbon fiber technology with Arkema's polyether ketone ketone (PEKK) in cooperation.
As part of the project, the two companies will develop carbon-fibre-reinforced thermoplastic tapes to produce lightweight components for the next generation of aircraft.
In addition to being lightweight, the new composite materials will also bring lower costs and faster production speeds to customers in the aerospace, space and defense fields.
As part of the partnership, the two companies will also establish a joint R&D laboratory in France.
Thirma Le Hénaff, chairman and chief executive officer of Arkema, stated that the project will be implemented before the end of the year.
He added: "This plan will be implemented within a few months before our new polyether ketone ketone plant in Mobile, Alabama, USA is put into operation."