Hexcel and Arkema have signed a strategic alliance to develop thermoplastic composites for the aerospace sector.

The partnership aims to develop carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic tapes to produce lightweight parts for aircraft. The aim is for the new composites to provide lower cost and faster production speeds for aerospace and the space and defense sectors.

As part of this partnership, a joint research and development laboratory, located in France, will be established.

‘This association fits in clearly with our strategy to develop advanced thermoplastic composite solutions from our PEKK resins, and takes effect a few months before the commissioning of our new PEKK plant in the United States in Mobile (Alabama) scheduled for the end of 2018,’ said Thierry Le Hénaff, Arkema CEO.

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