Hexcel and Arkema say that they will open a joint research and development laboratory in Les Avenières, France.

This follows the companies’ formation of a strategic alliance to develop thermoplastic composite solutions for the aerospace sector, combining Hexcel’s carbon fiber and Arkema’s polyetherketoneketone (PEKK). The aim of the new lab is to develop carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic prepreg tapes to make more lightweight parts for aerospace with faster production cycle, the companies say.

The companies expect to start supplying carbon/thermoplastic UD tapes to customers for evaluation in Q3 2019.

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