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Arkema and Xenia have signed an agreement to develop carbon fiber reinforced long chain polyamides, including the Pebax thermoplastic elastomer.
The companies said applications for the compound include sports, optical and electronics, where toughness and lightness are crucial.
Carbon fiber technology enhances the performance of polymers in the search for lightness and strength, the companies claimed, producing ultra-thin and lightweight parts while maintaining extremely high stiffness and impact resistance.
Xenia, based in Italy, specializes in compounding carbon fibers with thermoplastic polymers that the company said aligns with the development strategy of Arkema's Technical Polymers group.
According to the firms, the Pebax grades will have higher rigidity while maintaining features of Pebax TPE including elasticity and impact resistance at extremely low temperature, while being processed through direct injection molding.
The companies said in the future, the technology will be applied to our other high performance polymers such as Rilsan and Rilsamid, in the automotive and industrial markets.
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