Solvay to launch PEKK resin production for aerospace market

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Solvay will begin producing high-performance polyetherketoneketone (PEKK) polymers in the US early next year, to support its composite materials business in meeting growing aerospace demand. 

In a 12 Sept statement, the Brussels-based speciality chemicals company said it would commence PEKK production at its site in Augusta, Georgia, and under the trade name NovaSpire. 

"Solvay further affirms its unique position in lightweighting materials by joining the forces of its high performance speciality polymers and composite materials to produce its own PEKK resin," said Roger Kearns, member of Solvay's executive committee. 

"This new capacity will address fast-growing demand for thermoplastic composites and 3D printing components in aerospace and in other markets."  

PEKK is used in thermoplastic composites reinforced with carbon fibres and in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, in a range of industrial applications.  

Solvay announced last year that it was developing speciality polymers including PEKK compatible with SLS - Selective laser sintering (SLS) is an additive manufacturing (AM) technique.

With the 2015 acquisition of US composite materials producer Cytec, Solvay has gained a strong position in PEKK, a material that has proven itself for SLS AM processes.

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