First PEEK grades qualified by COMAC

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Five of Solvay Specialty Polymers’ KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) grades have earned qualification at COMAC, the Chinese aircraft manufacturer, for use on its next-generation aircraft. These five materials are the first KetaSpire PEEK grades to be qualified at Shanghai-based COMAC, which Solvay believes will openi up new commercial opportunities for Solvay in the high-growth Chinese market.

The demand for commercial aircraft is growing at a torrid pace in China and manufacturers continue to make increasing use of high-performance thermoplastics, according to Armin Klesing, business development manager, aerospace and composites, for Solvay Specialty Polymers.

The five materials which have been added to COMAC’s qualified product list (QPL) are KetaSpire KT-880 NT neat resin, KetaSpire KT-820 NT neat resin, KetaSpire KT-880 GF30 (30% glass fiber filled), KetaSpire KT-880 CF30 (30% carbon fiber filled), and KetaSpire KT-820 GF30 (30% glass fiber filled).

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