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Hexcel and Arkema to open a joint research and development laboratory in Les Avenieres, France

Hexcel and Arkema have announced that they will open a joint research and development laboratory in Les Avenieres (Isere), France in April.

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 fiber and Arkema in PEKK.

The companies' objective at this new lab is to develop carbon fiber-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 defense 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 Q3 2019.

Press release issued by Hexcel Composites on March 12, 2019

 

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Hexcel Composites Honeycomb Core Composites, Epoxy Resins, Carbon-reinforced Composites, Composite Adhesive, Resins, Prepreg, Composite Sandwich Panels
Arkema Inc. Chemicals, Paint Solvents, Coolants & Refrigerants, Acid Resistant Coatings, Anti-Icing Chemicals, Coatings, Conductive Coatings, Conversion Coatings, Degreasing Chemicals, Epoxy Resins, Mould Release Agents

 

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