Arkema debuts at China Composites Expo 2020
Arkema at China Composites Expo 2020: Booth #1 A913, Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center
On the cutting edge of innovation, Arkema is accelerating the layout and R&D in composite materials
With standing expertise in the main technologies of additive manufacturing, Arkema is the only chemicals producer in the world with a complete portfolio of high-performance materials for its 3D Printing Solution by Arkema. In recent years, always on the cutting edge of innovation, Arkema is contributing to the development of completely integrated digital manufacturing platforms and has established strategic partnership with Continuous Composites, creator of Continuous Fiber 3D Printing technology (CF3D®), 9T Labs (Zurich), a start-up specializing in the 3D printing of thermoplastic composites, etc.
With the increasing demand for lightweighting materials, in China, Arkema has been accelerating the layout and R&D in composite materials. Arkema's R&D Center Phase II at Changshu was opened in July 2018. It includes a composite facility dedicated to Arkema’s cutting edge thermoplastic composite technology. Besides, Arkema also attaches great importance to establishing long-term cooperative relations with Chinese customers. It has already been cooperating with the well-known Chinese composite enterprises such as Goldwind, Sinoma Blade, and AVIC High Tech etc.
Mr. Xavier Durand-Delacre, Senior Vice President of Arkema Asia Pacific and President of Arkema Greater China (Middle), Mr Weiqing LIU, Director of Arkema Changshu R&D center (Right), are interviewed by the organizers of the exhibition.
Advanced materials and new solutions with outstanding performance
The exhibited advanced materials and solutions at China Composites Expo 2020 include:
- Elium® liquid thermoplastic composite resin
Elium® resin is a liquid thermoplastic resin for making recyclable composite parts, as the flagship product from its range of thermoplastic matrices, it has one major advantage: using the same conventional thermosetting resin transformation technologies, it can be transformed at room temperature. The mechanical properties of the parts obtained are comparable to thermosets.
- Kepstan® PEKK resin and Orgasol® polyamide powders
- Kepstan® PEKK resin often used to replace metal in extreme conditions (offshore, aeronautic). Thanks to this high performance polyether ketone, the final composite is endowed with superior resistance to impact, high temperature and highly corrosive chemical agents.
- Orgasol® polyamide powders, thermoplastic ultra-fine powders, minimize crack propagation at the fiber-matrix interface in thermoset prepregs. As a result, the final composites are tougher and longer lasting.
- Luperox® organic peroxides
Luperox® organic peroxides are crosslinking agents for unsaturated polyester resins (including foam) that help speed up processing and ensure better control of continuous or semi-continuous processes to produce harder composite resins.
- Bostik intelligent adhesive solution
Brand new and modern touch screen experience, enabling close interaction and helping customers to learn a range of solutions and the latest R&D technology applications of Bostik in industrial adhesives.
- Resin flexibilizer Nanostrength®
The nanostructured acrylic block copolymers Nanostrength® is an additive for the matrix resin. They help enhance the impact resistance of the matrix with no loss of module or temperature stability. They can be used both in epoxy or vinyl ester composite matrices and in structural adhesives.
Arkema's advanced materials and new solutions are widely recognized around the world. Among them, the composite parts made of Elium® liquid thermoplastic resin won JEC Innovation Award 2017, JEC Innovation Award 2019, JEC Public Award 2020; Kepstan® PEKK thermoplastic composite welding technology won JEC Innovation Award 2020.
As a pioneer and leader in high-performance polymers for 3D printing and composites, Arkema develops novel, more efficient materials to meet the growing demand for lightweighting materials. In the future, Arkema will continue to break through innovation and boost manufacturing composite products with better comprehensive performance.