Amber Composites and Arkema collaborate on new prepreg

Amber Composites will work with Arkema on a new prepreg with multi-wall carbon nanotubes.

Amber Composites (Langley Mill, Nottingham, U.K.) and Arkema (Colombes, France) have entered into a collaborative agreement to develop the next generation of high-performance prepreg systems based on Arkema’s trademarked Graphistrength multi-wall carbon nanotubes and Amber’s proprietary resins.

Prepreg systems enhanced with carbon nanotubes reportedly exhibit extraordinary mechanical, electrical and thermal properties. Lower weight, higher toughness and improved impact resistance are the focus of Amber and Arkema’s development.

Multi-wall carbon nanotubes consist of graphitic sheets that have been rolled into a cylindrical shape. Arkema’s Graphistrength nanotubes are approximately 10 nm in diameter and are a few micrometers in length.

Amber Composites is a manufacturer of composite materials for the creation of high-performance, light-weight structures. With more than 20 years of experience, Amber provides materials and technical expertise to a diverse set of industries, including motorsport, automotive, aerospace, communications, marine and wind energy.

Arkema combines three integrated businesses: Vinyl Products, Industrial Chemicals and Performance Products. With operations in more than 40 countries and 18,400 employees, the company reported revenue of €5.7 billion in 2005.