Published April 2021
Aromatic ketone polymers (AKP), sometimes referred to as polyaryletherketones (PAEKs) and/or polyetheretherketones (PEEK), are a family of semicrystalline high-performance thermoplastics characterized by outstanding thermal stability, excellent strength and fatigue resistance, and superb chemical resistance. Other important AKP types include polyetherketone (PEK) and polyetherketoneketone (PEKK). AKPs’ outstanding properties enable them to replace metals and other materials in some of the most severe end-use environments. PEEK is the largest AKP type currently produced, with more than 90% global market share. The major end-use sectors for AKPs include transportation (mainly aerospace and automotive), industrial/energy, electrical/electronics (E/E), and medical applications (mainly as medical instruments/components and biomaterial implants).
The following chart shows world consumption of aromatic ketone polymers:
Aromatic ketone polymers exhibit the following characteristics, which are unmatched by other high-performance polymers:
- Excellent high-temperature performance
- Inherent purity
- Excellent combustion-resistance properties
- Unique combination of properties
- Good resistance to virtually all organic chemicals
- Good electrical properties
Because of their unique set of outstanding properties, aromatic ketone polymers have been increasingly used in many critical applications in industrial/energy, machinery, transportation, electrical/electronic, and medical markets. AKPs’ benefits include ease of complex component fabrication, more design freedom, reduction in energy consumption, enhanced fuel efficiency (reduction in CO2 emissions), tolerance of harsh environments, improved reliability and operational lifetime, greater comfort (smooth operation, noise and vibration dampening), and a strong, lighter weight (lightweighting) material for metal replacement.
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