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Arkema is positioning itself to impact the 3D printing market. Recently company officials announced Arkema would make a $60 million capital investment in their Mobile area operations, generating 25 jobs with an average salary of $100,000.
The France-based company is adding a production line to make Kepstan® PEKK (Poly-Ether-Ketone-Ketone), used in 3D printing and carbon fiber applications. The project will locate within the current footprint of the Axis operation, and is expected to be completed in 2018.
As the trend increases, 3D printers can create a variety of products from prototypes to architectural models used in numerous industries, including automotive, aviation and medical.
“Kepstan is the ink in the printer,” explains John Lakenan, Arkema’s Mobile site manager. While the company is increasing its current capabilities in France, the local facility is the only one of Arkema’s 24 production sites in North America that will make the product.
“We are excited that the Mobile site has been selected to receive a world scale PEKK production facility,” says Lakenan. “We are extremely grateful for the enthusiastic support we have received not only recently but through the history of this site from the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mobile Industrial Development Authority, as well as state and local elected officials. This support was a factor that helped Mobile become the site of choice for Arkema,” he adds. “Arkema has been a great member of our chemical cluster in the Mobile area and an integral member of our international based manufacturing community,” says Troy Wayman, the Chamber’s vice president of economic development. “This expansion means continued success and is a testament to the pro-business environment in our region. And this capital investment and the creation of these high paying jobs is further proof of Arkema’s commitment to Mobile.”
Currently Arkema’s locally made products are used in the construction industry to make roof coatings and windows more energy efficient. The company employs 105 people in Axis and 19,000 worldwide.
Click here to read The Business View – May 2015