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29th March 2019, Stamford, CT

Hexcel and Arkema to open joint R&D lab

Rendering of Hexcel’s PAN precursor and carbon fibre plant, Roussillon. © Hexcel

Rendering of Hexcel’s PAN precursor and carbon fibre plant, Roussillon. © Hexcel

Hexcel and Arkema will open a joint research and development laboratory in Les Avenières (Isère), France, next month. This follows the companies’ previous announcement in March 2018 that they were forming a strategic alliance to develop thermoplastic composite solutions for the aerospace sector, combining the expertise of Hexcel in carbon fibre and Arkema in PEKK.

The companies’ objective at this new lab is to develop carbon fibre-reinforced thermoplastic prepreg tapes to enable lightweight parts to be produced for future generations of aircraft. These solutions will provide lightweight and cost-effective technologies including faster production cycles for customers in the aerospace and the space and defence sectors.

Thanks to Hexcel and Arkema’s close collaboration, an initial industrial pilot line will be installed in the new lab in the coming weeks. The companies expect to start supplying carbon/thermoplastic UD tapes from this pilot line to customers for evaluation beginning in the third quarter of 2019.

Hexcel develops, manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials including carbon fibres, specialty reinforcements, prepregs and other fibre-reinforced matrix materials, honeycomb, adhesives, engineered core and composite structures for use in commercial aerospace, space and defence and industrial applications.

A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Its research centres in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.

www.hexcel.com

www.arkema.com

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