A seat on the international stage? Spotlight on Kimya’s AM journey with Pierre Antoine Pluvinage & Nicolas Morand
6 months after the launch of its 360° offer, what’s next for Kimya?
Last June at 3D Print Lyon, Pierre Antoine Pluvinage, Business Development Director, officially intorduced Kimya’s 360° offer, an offer that aroused the interest of international players and allowed the company to position itself on the international arena.
Kimya marked its entrance on the international stage at Formnext. The additive manufacturing industry event welcomed this year over 630 companies from the United States, Asia and the 4 corners of Europe.
We had a talk with Pierre Antoine Pluvinage and Nicolas Morand about the company’s activities and its long-term vision.
Going beyond the simple offer of “materials”
For Pierre Antoine P., “having the ideal material is not enough. It remains essential to find a way to go further.” As a reminder, the company’s goal is to meet the industry needs throughout the entire value chain, hence the different services Kimya provides (CAD – tests – small series production – production of the end product) in order to produce parts that meet the requirements of the industries in which they are part of.
Going further also implies opening up to new technologies, in order to create materials that meet the requirements of manufacturers. Even though Kimya’s long term vision is to produce materials other than those intended for FFF technologies, the company has unveiled 3 new materials for this technology at Formnext: ABS ESD-R (rigid), ABS ESD-S (flexible) and PEKK-A (amorphous).
Speaking about the difference between the two ESD, Nicolas Morand, RDI & Industrialization Manager, explained that the ESD (black) integrates high stiffness and is used for the manufacturing of very hard objects, while the flexible ESD is natural and allows different colorings depending on professionals’ needs.
ESD is a material that protects components in electronics but is not a conductor. It is suitable for ATEX environments.
Developed in collaboration with Arkema, Kimya chose to produce the PEKK-A because of its slower crystallization ratio, which leads to more effective adhesions. Acknowledged for its high resistance to high temperatures (260°C), it is possible to integrate other functionalities to this material.
Can cost be a barrier to get access to materials?
For Pierre Antoine Pluvinage, if “3D printing is used for the right reasons, cost cannot be seen as a barrier”. However, efforts will still have to be made on the “material” and “process” in order to handle any defects or negative effects that may occur.
What does Kimya expect from Formnext?
From the beginning, Kimya’s journey began with a policy of sustainable development. Simply put, reuse plastic waste and produce materials that can be used by industrials.
That’s the vision the company aimed at sharing on the international scene by making its entrance on the German market. Apart from being a networking area, Formnext is also an opportunity for Kimya to get a closer look at the German market, which will certainly be a promising one for the company in terms of sales and job creation.
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