Thermoplastic resin technology

Arkema, Chomarat, MVC, 3B

Arkema (Colombes, France) is launching at JEC Europe 2013 Altuglas Composite, said to be the first thermoplastic resin that allows for the manufacture of composite parts on the same equipment and processes as thermoset composites. The resulting composite parts exhibit mechanical properties similar to those of thermoset parts, but their thermoplastic nature brings the added advantages of thermoformability and recyclability. With this innovation, Arkema and its partners have won a JEC Innovation Award in the Thermoplastics category. Altuglas Composite is an acrylic material, developed within an R&D partnership between Arkema and PPE (Pôle de Plasturgie de l’Est). To optimize Altuglas Composite formulations, Arkema and PPE have partnered with specialists in the composite industry — MVC (Brazil), Chomarat (France) and 3B (Belgium).