French chemicals supplier Arkema SA is investing €20m in expanding its production capacity for ultra-high performing polyamide powders at its manufacturing site in Mont, France.
The company said the investment will increase capacity by 50% to meet the strong worldwide demand for the materials in industrial applications, in particular in the coatings, composite and 3D printing markets.
The added capacity is expected to come on stream in the second half of 2019.
These powders are marketed under the brand name Orgasol and are known for their tightly controlled particle size distribution and toughness.
"Having recently announced very substantial investments in Asia for our Rilsan polyamide 11 and Rilsamid polyamide 12 product lines, we now shift our focus to the Orgasol speciality powders portfolio,” explained Erwoan Pezron, global president of Arkema’s technical polymers business.