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LIGHTWEIGHT
TRANSPORTATION

Arkema thermoplastics can be substituted for metal or glass to make parts that weigh less, for lighter vehicles and aircraft with improved fuel efficiency and lower carbon emissions. And these thermoplastics have a big advantage over thermoset plastics — they are 100% recyclable!

Lightweight, recyclable cars

Thermoset composites are widely used in aerospace, automotive manufacturing and wind turbine... More
Thermoset composites are widely used in aerospace, automotive manufacturing and wind turbine blades. They are light, have excellent mechanical properties and provide a solution to the weight challenge.
But they are hard to recycle, at a time when end-of-life concerns are becoming a major issue. So Arkema developed Elium ®, the only liquid thermoplastic resin that is processed like a thermoset resin, yet makes fully recyclable composite parts. Elium® is revolutionizing the composites sector, finding its way into passenger compartments, hoods and wind turbine blades.

Ultra-high-performance Bostik adhesives for composites

Bostik skin-to-core composite adhesives bond various substrates in aircraft cabins... More
Bostik skin-to-core composite adhesives bond various substrates in aircraft cabins. They apply easily in thin layers (14 to 72 grams per square meter), reducing the amount required and cutting waste.

Engine parts made of high-temperature plastic

Rilsan® HT (High Temperature) high-performance polyamide weighs six times less... More
Rilsan® HT (High Temperature) high-performance polyamide weighs six times less than steel and can resist temperatures of up to 220°C. Its outstanding properties mean it can replace steel and aluminum in complex auto engine parts, reducing weight and cutting fuel consumption. It is also a “green” plastic, made 70% from castor oil.

Reinforced PMMA: better than glass

Altuglas® ShieldUp is an even tougher version of conventional polymethyl methacrylate... More
Altuglas® ShieldUp is an even tougher version of conventional polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) that combines two components — PMMA and an elastomer — organized on a nanometric scale. The result is perfect transparency combined with very high mechanical strength and chemical resistance. Half the weight of glass, it is already being used by many motorcycle and car brands as an alternative to glass in windshields and sunroofs.

Ready-to-use composites

Polystrand® products are continuous fiber-reinforced tapes and prepregs made of thermoplastic... More
Polystrand® products are continuous fiber-reinforced tapes and prepregs made of thermoplastic polymers. These ready-to-use polyamides, fluoropolymer (PVDF) and polypropylenes weigh 30% less than aluminum but provide similar rigidity and impact resistance. These lightweight composites are used in structural parts to make airplane cargo containers and truck panels and to reinforce the front ends of cars.

Full beams
on PMMA

Altuglas® polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) polymer, or acrylic glass, offers outstanding resistance and... More
Altuglas® polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) polymer, or acrylic glass, offers outstanding resistance and transparency superior to glass. One of its star applications is taillights. Around 92% of light passes through Altuglas®, making taillights bright and easy to see. It’s also used today to make cockpit windows for some small airplanes and helicopters. Look for Altuglas® to be used in airliners in the future.

An extreme polymer

Kepstan® PEKK (polyether ketone ketone) polymer offers exceptional properties suited... More
Kepstan® PEKK (polyether ketone ketone) polymer offers exceptional properties suited to the extreme demands of aircraft engines. It boasts excellent resistance to chemical damage and abrasion and can withstand continuous high temperatures above 200°C. Reinforced with carbon fi bers, it is used to make light, rigid composites for structural and fuselage parts, replacing metal for about half the weight.
 
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