Victrex Composites

Game-Changing Technologies for Demanding Applications

About Victrex Composites

REVOLUTIONARY COMPOSITE SOLUTIONS

Delivering mechanically-demanding application performance, as well as lower weight, reliability, durability and reduced manufacturing costs through PAEK-based composite application development—that’s future performance.  Victrex are employing innovative PAEK-based composites to accelerate and expand markets within its focus industries, working with customers to define solutions to address specific unmet needs.

Product Leadership

Market led innovation

Development of advanced PAEK composite solutions

Specialist composite expertise

Expertise in development of PAEK-based composite solutions

Specialist composite processing experience

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Proven Manufacturing Capabilities

The largest PAEK composite UD Tape capacity

Continued investment in downstream composite manufacturing

Composite Medical Manufacturing

Dedicated medical device composite manufacturing facility

Trauma plate component manufacturing capability

New processing technology

Novel overmould processing technology developed

Enables design and processing efficiencies for composite components

Enhanced Mechanical Properties

The performance of PEEK with enhanced mechanical properties

Comparable performance with metals and additional benefits

Value of Victrex composites

VALUE OF VICTREX COMPOSITES

VICTREX™ PAEK-based composites are the solution of choice for applications that demand the performance of PEEK combined with increased mechanical properties.  The results are a material that offers comparable performance with metals and additional benefits.

Specify Victrex composite solutions when your application needs:

  • Fatigue resistance and strength comparable to metals, but a metal alternative is needed
  • High strength and stiffness to weight ratio 
  • Improved damage tolerance compared with thermoset composites
  • Tailored mechanical properties, including localised reinforcement, within the component

Proven applications

PROVEN APPLICATIONS

Game-Changing Technologies for Demanding Applications

DELIVERING UNPRECEDENTED PERFORMANCE IN AEROSPACE

Applications made with Victrex composite technology are being adopted as metal and thermoset replacements due to the increased demand for better performance, higher mechanical properties and cost reductions. 

Through a combination of Victrex’s novel hybrid-moulding processing technology and in-depth product and application development support, Victrex continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites deliver an unmatched combination of design freedom and strength, among a range of other benefits, to Aerospace customers. 


BENEFITS FOR THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY:

  • Up to 60% lighter than metals and metal alloys
  • Up to five times higher specific strength than metals and alloys
  • Part manufacturing cycle times measured in minutes compared to the hours it could take for a thermoset or metal equivalent

APPLICATIONS:

  • Aerospace brackets, clips, clamps and fasteners
  • Structural components and systems in the aircraft 

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DELIVERING UNPRECEDENTED PERFORMANCE IN ENERGY

Victrex has worked in partnership with Magma Global to develop PEEK composite capability,  expertise  and solutions which has enabled Magma’s to create m-pipe™, the most reliable subsea pipe for jumpers and risers.

BENEFITS FOR THE ENERGY INDUSTRY:

  • More than ten times higher impact strength and damage tolerance than thermosets
  • Greater durability in harsh chemical environments compared to metals
  • Long-term reliability due to excellent fatigue and creep resistance
  • Up to 60% lighter than metals and metal alloys

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DELIVERING UNPRECEDENTED PERFORMANCE IN MEDICAL

Victrex’s medical company, Invibio, is currently the only biomaterial solutions provider with the capabilities to commercialize PEEK-based trauma devices. Invibio works with its partners to overcome design and manufacturing challenges by offering comprehensive assistance, including design for manufacturing, prototyping, validation and production services. 

Through complete composite turnkey solutions Invibio helps its customers build manufacturing processes that are optimised for their medical devices’ unique design specifications and production volume — quickly and efficiently.


BENEFITS FOR THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY:

  • Reduced stiffness compared to metal
  • Excellent mechanical strength with high fatigue resistance
  • Biological inertness and low tissue adhesion
  • Radiolucency with no imaging artefacts

APPLICATIONS:

  • Trauma fracture fixation plates


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Processing

Processing

A leader in PAEK based composite materials and solutions

With unrivalled PAEK capacity, and integration into major raw monomer materials, Victrex leverages its market-leading PAEK manufacturing capability, along with significant R&D resources to provide a combination of:

  • Complete composite turnkey solutions
  • Composite hybrid-moulding material and process technology
  • Innovative composite material manufacturing capability

Hybrid Moulding Technology 

The novel hybrid moulding technology, developed exclusively for the Aerospace industry, allows engineers to overmould a VICTREX™ PAEK-based composite with fibre-reinforced injection moulding PEEK polymers. With this enabling technology, components can be manufactured faster with greater functionality and durability - even under high loads. Additional benefits include:

  • High specific strength
  • Part consolidation
  • Elimination of secondary operations and scrap
  • Ability to use existing manufacturing infrastructure
  • Less energy requirements during processing
  • Fully-recyclable materials

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