CYPRESS, TX--(Marketwired - March 18, 2015) - Drake Plastics announces the availability of extruded 6.0" (152mm) diameter rod stock from Mil-P 46183 Type III, Class 2 30% carbon fiber reinforced PEEK resin. This size breakthrough was achieved using Solvay's KetaSpire® KT-820CF30 resin.

This innovative capability extension was reached in support of a new aerospace part that was initially contemplated as an injection molded part. The mold cost was not justified by the relatively low quantities required, so the customer sought other options. As flight parts, Mil-P resin required certification and compression molded shapes do not meet this requirement. In addition to the certification issue, the properties of melt processed KetaSpire PEEK were 25-40% better than compression-molded PEEK, exceeding design requirements for part toughness, impact strength and surface finish.

Drake now offers extruded 30% carbon fiber reinforced PEEK rod from .125" (3.175mm) up to 6.0" (152mm) diameter. Custom sizes of plate and tubular shapes are also available. Carbon fiber PEEK offers high strength and a low coefficient of linear thermal expansion to go along with PEEK's unmatched chemical resistance. It also offers exceptional wear resistance, performing best against hard counter-faces.

About Drake Plastics
Founded in 1997, Drake Plastics pioneered the production of stock shapes from glass reinforced Torlon 5030 in support of the Javelin Missile Program. Drake offers a continually expanding portfolio of machinable shapes, injection molded parts and precision machined components from Torlon and specialty PEEK. Drake is an ISO 9001:2008 registered, lean manufacturer. Waste and inefficiency are relentlessly driven out contributing to Drake's ability to develop and produce unique, high quality engineering plastic products. Drake delivers to customers around the world, on time with exceptional service and support.

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Drake Plastics Ltd. Co., The Torlon Specialists, Drake Research Ltd., and The Specialty PEEK Specialists, use the Seamless Tube® Trademark under license from Drake Plastic Products Inc.

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