Andy Walton, Automotive SBU Director at Victrex
Q: What is the rationale for the acquisition of Kleiss?
A: For Victrex this directly aligns with our own Auto programme, which aims to accelerate our customer’s development, of high precision VICTREX™ PEEK gears that optimise performance whilst reducing NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) and energy consumption.
The acquisition combines the complementary strengths of Victrex global commercial scale, material expertise and technical excellence, with Kleiss gear design, testing and moulding capabilities. This will enable us to deliver complete integrated gear solutions.
Q: What will Victrex offer in terms of a “complete integrated solution” for gears?
A: The complete integrated solution starts from understanding the customers’ needs and challenges, leading to a design review of the incumbent, typically metal gear system where NVH, wear and energy benefits can be clearly gained from moving from metal to PEEK design. Then the process of design, test, optimisation, prototype manufacture and validation begins and goes through to commercial production.
This will enable our customers to bring robust solutions to the market faster and subsequently, pave the way to greater mutual success.
Q: Who should customers contact if they have an interest in PEEK gears?
A: If customers are working on a gear project and would like to learn how the new, extended capabilities can support them I encourage them to get in touch via their account manager or via the “contact us” form on Victrex.com.