Victrex makes a pitch for Peek

The firm’s Peek polymer is well regarded with a Chinese plane maker among the latest to include it in its qualified product list

April 2014

Victrex Polymer Solutions, a unit of British-based Victrex that produces high-performance polymers, showcased at a Paris event – JEC Europe Composites – its Peek polymer to address the key interests of the oil and gas, and aircraft and automotive industries.

Victrex Peek (polyether ether ketone) polymer is regarded as one of the highest performing materials in the world

Dr Alan Wood, principal scientist for applied technologies at Victrex, addressed the myths surrounding thermoplastic-matrix composites during his presentation, “Thermoplastic-Matrix Composites – the Myths, the Barriers to Use and the Solutions,” on the thermoplastics day of the Innovative Composite Summit that ran concurrently with the show. 

Dr Wood revealed the potential of thermoplastic-matrix composites and illustrated the potential for hybrid processing technologies.

Stephen Dougherty, strategic marketing director at Victrex, said: “To achieve a competitive advantage, many industries are forced to find ways to replace metals or other materials that have reached their limits in certain applications and environments. Our high performance thermoplastics help customers turn challenging application requirements into genuine added value.

Victrex used the JEC show to showcase key applications such as, clamps, seals, connectors or gears that are already making a real difference in real application, adding value and efficiency in some of the most challenging environments.”

Victrex has announced it is the only Peek manufacturer to have its innovative materials added to the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac)’s qualified product list (QPL) for use on its next-generation single-aisle aircraft, the C919, scheduled for launch in 2016.

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