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Don't miss the leading international composites show in March 2024!

JEC World is the world's leading trade show dedicated to composite materials and their applications. Organized in Paris, JEC World is the industry's leading trade show, welcoming the main players in the market, gathered to develop their business and their network, but also to share their innovations. JEC World it is 33000 visitors, 1200 exhibitors and 112 countries represented.

A unique portfolio of materials for your Composites!

The composites market, a dual challenge of performance and sustainability!
 

Arkema's innovative and sustainable materials address some of the major challenges facing our society:

  • Decarbonizing the industry
  • Accelerating the development of new energies
  • Promoting the circular economy
  • Taking actions for health and well-being
Through our Resins, Additives and Adhesives, Arkema offers higher performance and more sustainable solutions to meet the demands of the Composites market!


LEARN MORE ON OUR MATERIALS FOR COMPOSITES

Rilsan® Polyamide 11 for Hydrogen Tank Liners and Hydrogen Fuel Lines

The excellent intrinsic resistance of Rilsan® Polyamide 11 to low temperatures explains its efficiency as a protection barrier for hydrogen tank liner, the key component to ensure the safety of hydrogen storage in FCEV vehicles. Hydrogen tanks experience huge internal pressure variations and Rilsan® Polyamide 11 is proven to resist crack generation and blistering in case of compression and decompression. In addition, Rilsan® Polyamide 11 is extremely lightweight which is perfect for electrical vehicle manufacturers that are always looking to reduce weight. Another key advantage of Rilsan® Polyamide 11 is its ease of processing. Whether it be rotomoulding, extrusion blow molding, injection molding and welding or extrusion, there is a Rilsan® Polyamide 11  grade that fits the bill. This high-performance polyamide is not only useful for onboard fuel tanks but can also be used in hydrogen supply Infrastructures such as filling stations.

The challenging requirements needed to produce hydrogen fuel lines and connectors are very similar to those of traditional fuel lines in thermal vehicles. As plastic parts are mainly under-chassis, they are exposed to harsh external environments such as road salts and rocks. Rilsan® Polyamide 11 has a solid track record for fuel line applications due to its excellent chemical resistance and mechanical properties such as resistance to impact, temperature, and pressure. In addition to this, it has excellent barrier properties compared to other thermoplastics which is key to avoid hydrogen loss. Associated with other materials in multi-layer structures, Arkema offers a full range of grades based on Rilsan® Polyamide 11 that can be easily processed.

learn more about the hydrogen solutions

Elium® resins, now available with recycled content

In 2023, Arkema launched new Elium® resins using recycled contents that increase sustainability of composites parts.

A first generation of Elium® containing at least 18% of recycled material is already available on the most popular grades and a formulation with 92% of recycled material is currently under test.

The properties of these new Elium® resins remain the same as the previous grades with virgin components, from processability, manufacturing conditions to final composites and the same performance. The only difference is a lower environmental impact of the matrix used to manufacture composites and more sustainable parts than ever with Elium®.
Elium® is a unique solution for manufacturing composite parts using the same methods as those used for standard liquid resin parts, and include the major advantages of a resin designed for recycling.
Composites parts and manufacturing wastes containing Elium® resin can be easily recycled by depolymerization or mechanical recycling enabling upcycling and circularity of composites wastes.
Discover our solutions on Arkema’s booth, the 2 recycling processes will be explained with the different steps.
 

Kepstan® PEKK, one K makes all the difference

Lightweight, strong and resistant to (almost) everything
 

This high-performance material provides a unique combination of properties over a very wide range of temperatures. This polymer family has exceptional advantages for processing and expands the application possibilities offered by the PAEK family. Kepstan® PEKK is widely used for the aerospace sector, in partnership with Hexcel.

Learn more about Kepstan® PEKK

UDX® Arkema composites
are also semi-finished products!

During JEC you will also discover UDX® PPA and UDX® PA11, unidirectional carbon fiber tapes impregnated with bio-sourced and recyclable thermoplastic resins.
 
UDX® PPA is a very high performance product particularly suited to the manufacture of high-pressure hydrogen gas storage tanks, thanks in particular to the properties of Rilsan® Matrix, which makes up the matrix of this composite.
Rilsan® Matrix is a polypthalamide with a unique combination of properties:
  • high glass transition temperature (150°C), allowing it to resist the high self-heating of the tank during rapid filling,
  • low melting point (260°C) allowing a reasonable process temperature for the implementation of the composite tape and thus an easy manufacturing of the tank.
UDX® PA11 offers a unique solution for the storage of liquid hydrogen at cryogenic temperatures due to the properties of its polyamide 11 matrix. The high elasticity and stiffness of polyamide 11 combined with the lightness and stiffness of carbon fibers make UDX® PA11 a product that is also highly appreciated in the field of sports and leisure. The completely bio-based and recyclable property of polyamide 11 and its production method based on sustainable and eco-responsible agriculture make UDX® PA11 an absolutely unique product that customers adopt.

Additives for tougher composites
 

Whether you need to improve toughness, strength, curing, adhesion or simply initiate the polymerization of your matrix, we have a solution withing our portfolio.

Reinforce the thoughness of your system:
 
The Clearstrength® XT MBS coreshell toughening agent enables a wide formulation versatility for the main types of matrixes on the market. The Sartomer® Advanced Resins masterbatch version of the coreshell offer a ready to use uniform predispersion. The Sartomer® liquid urethane (meth)acrylate oligomers can also be introduced in the matrix to fine tune the mechanical properties.
 
The Orgasol® ultra fine polyamide powders are particularly adapted to epoxy matrix, and highly efficient thanks to their spherical shape combined with a narrow particle size distribution.

The nanostructured acrylic block copolymers Nanostrength® act as additives at the very heart of the material. 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.

Graphistrength® carbon nanotubes significantly improve the mechanical strength of composites. They also prevent the build-up of electric charges in the resulting components.


 
Control the rheology of your composite:
Plastistrength® (meth)acrylic copolymers allow the viscosity control of (meth)acrylic and epoxy resins at low dosage.
 
Lower VOCs of your matrix with specialty crosslinkers:
Sartomer® monomers, are crosslinkers of choice for polyester, (meth)acrylic and epoxy matrixes. Those reactive diluents reduce VOCs, enhance mechanical properties and drive conversion while controlling the viscosity of the overall system. Some of those methacrylate monomers are also biobased, with bio contents above 25%.
 
Initiate polymerization efficiently:
Luperox® and Retic® organic peroxides answer your curing challenges with grades tailored to room temperature or elevated temperature polymerization. They are fine-tuned for thermosetting resins.

Sartomer® photoinitiators come in handy for hybrid systems involving a UV or LED curing step.

Smart Adhesives
 

Bostik will reveal its adhesive solutions for composite parts including its structural MMA (SAF&FIT range), its instant adhesives (Born2Bond™) and its sealants (SMP and extended range). During the JEC, you will also find our new Pliogrip™ range (2k-polyurethane and 2k-epoxy) with a focus our safer low monomer polyurethane adhesives Pliogrip™ 3540 (no mandatory training – REACH 74 regulation).

Piezotech®, electroactive polymers for high-tech applications

We at Arkema are leaders in the production of a range of electroactive polymers: Piezotech®. These materials offer endless possibilities by enabling motion or thermal energy conversion into electricity and vice versa with the intrinsic advantages of polymers: processability, flexibility, lightness & low cost.
 
Those polymers have remarkable potential for monitoring the structural health of composites like hydrogen tanks, wind turbine blades etc.: high sensitivity to acoustic waves, deformation, and temperature. They are used in acoustic detection to identify cracks, impacts or in ultrasonic sensors to generate waves and then detect the differences in propagation, thus allowing a fine analysis of the structure.
Compared to standard piezoelectric ceramics, sensors based on Piezotech® can be mounted on curved surfaces because they are flexible. Also, due to their polymeric nature, they can be integrated into the core of composite like tanks and can be printed on large surfaces. The absence of toxic and non-recyclable heavy metals, their light weight and low energy consumption make them the materials of choice for the intelligent composites of tomorrow.

Our products

Thermoplastic resin Elium® for recyclable composites
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Discover Elium®, a thermoplastic resin from Arkema with unique properties, offering comparable performance to traditional ...
Graphistrength® multiwall carbon nanotubes
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Graphistrength® multi walled carbon nanotubes significantly improve the mechanical strength of composites. Dispersed in a ...

Nanostrength® self-assembling block copolymers
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Nanostrength® is a new family of self-assembling block copolymers that organize on the nanometer scale. When blended into a polymer ...

Luperox® peroxyketals
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Luperox® peroxyketals are used to synthesize polystyrene resins, and as crosslinking agents for polyolefins or engineered rubber ...

Luperox® hydroperoxides
  • Product range

Luperox® tertiary-butyl and tertiary-amyl hydroperoxides are widely used as chemical intermediates and as free radical ...

Sartomer® specialty acrylate monomers and oligomers 
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Specialty acrylate resins
Sartomer® specialty methacrylate monomers and oligomers
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Specialty methacrylate resins
Pebax® Elastomer Family 
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Pebax® thermoplastic elastomers consist of polyamide and polyether backbone blocks. ...

Kynar® Fluoropolymer Family
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Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF) resins and copolymers designed for extreme inertness in harsh environments, flame & smoke properties, weather ...

Rilsan® Polyamide Family
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High performance polyamides that deliver toughness, flexibility, chemical resistance, and permeation resistance. Many grades are bio-based.

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