Hexcel and Arkema announced about their partnership in opening a new research and development laboratory. The laboratory will be open by April. The companies together also formed strategic alliance for developing thermoplastic composite solutions for the aerospace sector. The firms are combining expertise Arkema in PEKK and Hexcel in carbon fiber. The announcement was made in March 2018.
The companies’ major goal from this new R&D laboratory is to develop carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic prepreg tapes for aircrafts to lightweight parts to be produced for future. The solution will provide cost effective, lightweight technologies and quick production cycle for various sectors, such as defense, aerospace and space.
Owing to the collaboration, an initial industrial pilot is expected to be installed in the new R&D laboratory in coming days. The supplying of the prepreg tapes for testing to customers is expected to start by third quarter of 2019.
About Hexcel: Hexcel Corporation is one of the leading advanced composites company. It is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, United States. It manufactures and develops, markets lightweight, specialty reinforcements, high-performance structural materials including carbon fibers, prepregs and other fiber-reinforced matrix materials, honeycomb, adhesives, engineered core and composite structures. It manufactures these products for aircrafts, recreation, sports equipment, satellites, automotive and others.
About Arkema: Arkema is a specialty chemical and advanced materials manufacturing company based in France. The company is mainly organized into three business segments: Coating Solutions, Industrial Chemicals, and Performance Products. The company has proven record for its various advance materials production such as biosource materials, new energies, water management, solutions for electronics, and home insulation products.
– Vasundhra Singh,
Assistant Research Executive,