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Delivering next-generation polymeric solutions

As a product leadership company, Victrex continues to proactively invest in the development of next-generation polymeric solutions that will define future performance. In addition to manufacturing high performance film, pipe and coating products, we have the capability of manufacturing medical devices for advanced patient care and are supporting the adoption of thermoplastic composites in several industries.

Composites

VICTREX PEEK-based composites

composites

Integrating proven polymers with high-strength fibres

WHERE HIGH STRENGTH MEETS LIGHTWEIGHT

Continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic composites made with VICTREX™ PEEK polymer are being adopted as metal and thermoset replacements due to the demand for higher mechanical properties at lighter weights. In addition, VICTREX PEEK solutions offer high performance properties including increased toughness and excellent chemical resistance.

BENEFITS OF PEEK COMPOSITES:

  • Up to 60% lighter than metals and metal alloys
  • Part manufacturing cycle times measured in minutes compared to hours for thermosets
  • Up to five times higher specific strength than metals and alloys
  • More than ten times higher impact strength and damage tolerance than thermosets
  • Insulating properties that reduce noise, vibration and harshness
  • Greater durability in harsh chemical environments compared to metals
  • Long-term reliability due to excellent fatigue and creep resistance
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THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS

Composites made from VICTREX PEEK polymers can be processed efficiently and economically. Not only can manufacturers take advantage of rapid out-of-autoclave processing, but the material itself can be recycled to meet environmental regulations and reduce overall costs. Thermoplastic composites are available in several different forms offering the ability to produce complex shaped parts using various processing techniques.

PRODUCT FORMS AND PROCESSING TECHNIQUES:

  • Unidirectional tape and sheet
  • Fabrics and braid
  • Pultruded profiles and rods
  • Thermoformed and stamped parts
  • Internal bagging and vacuum bag moulding
  • Tape laying and winding
  • Overmold, weld or bond to join composite systems together
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NEXT-GENERATION COMPOSITE COMPONENTS

As key engineering requirements become more demanding for new applications being developed, Victrex will work with our customers to define solutions for their toughest challenges. From aerospace to medical and industrial to oil and gas, VICTREX PEEK-based composites are serving as excellent replacements for metals and thermoset systems.

APPLICATION AREAS:

  • Aerospace brackets and fasteners
  • Structural components and systems in the aircraft fuselage
  • Flexible oil and gas pipes and risers
  • Cable insulation and protection for the energy market
  • Bushings, bearings, seals and washers
  • Medical fixation devices and targeting guides
  • Retractors, cervical halos and orthopedic tools
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Medical devices

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MEDICAL DEVICES

More than 5 million devices in use worldwide

FUSION WITHOUT BOUNDARIES:

Invibio™ Biomaterial Solutions revolutionised spinal device design 15 years ago by introducing the breakthrough implantable polymer PEEK-OPTIMA™, which has become the standard for spinal inter-body fusion. Since then, Invibio has continued to pioneer spinal industry innovation driven by clinical need and our customers desire to improve patient outcomes.

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POTENTIAL BENEFITS*:

  • Minimise stress shielding and stimulate bone healing with bone-like modulus
  • Sterilize repeatedly with no degradation using steam, ethylene oxide, gamma or Sterrad™ plasma
  • Improve long-term reliability with high resistance to creep and fatigue
  • Enhance bone apposition as early as 4 weeks after implantation
  • Gain increased bone contact for up to 12 weeks
  • Easily monitor the healing site due to compatibility with X-rays, CT and MRI techniques
  • Improve durability in articulating joints due to excellent wear resistance

*    Data on file at Invibio Biomaterial Solutions 

Innovative orthopedic device technologies

The orthopedic implant market is expected to continue growing as the ageing population demands treatments that allow them to maintain active lifestyles. Orthopedic implants help patients regain function, but clinical challenges associated with metal materials, such as wear-debris and difficult revision surgery, coupled with the desire for greater design freedom and versatile manufacturing capabilities, continue to drive next-generation technologies.

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POTENTIAL BENEFITS*: 

  • Produce small, very strong devices due to design flexibility and a high strength-to-weight ratio
  • Eliminate time and expense of applying a surface coating by using fully integrated compounds
  • Sterilize repeatedly with no degradation using steam, ethylene oxide, gamma or Sterrad™ plasma
  • Minimise stress shielding and stimulate bone healing with bone-like modulus
  • Ensure safe, long-term implantation with proven biocompatibility tests
  • Easily monitor the healing site due to compatibility with X-rays, CT and MRI techniques 
  • Improve durability with superior wear performance against hard counter surfaces

*    Data on file at Invibio Biomaterial Solutions

Next-generation trauma devices

Traumatic orthopedic injuries have long been treated with implants composed of metals. Invibio has invested in new PEEK polymer and composite technologies that present a novel alternative to metal in trauma fixation devices that have the potential to improve implant performance and address growing concerns related to metal ions, corrosion and wear. 

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POTENTIAL BENEFITS*:

  • Enhance flexibility due to reduced stiffness compared to metals
  • Minimise stress shielding and stimulate bone healing with bone-like modulus
  • Increase long-term reliability with excellent mechanical strength and high fatigue resistance 
  • Artifact-free imaging due to high radiolucency
  • Enjoy biological inertness and low tissue adhesion 
  • Ensure safe, long-term implantation with proven biocompatibility tests

*    Data on file at Invibio Biomaterial Solutions

Revolutionizing the future of devices

Accelerated by clinical and technological advancement, speciality implants including cranio-maxillofacial (CMF), neuro, cardio and pharmaceutical devices, are amongst the most rapidly developing sectors in medical today. Establishing new therapies requires overcoming significant clinical, technical and regulatory hurdles.  Reduce the risk of your program by selecting PEEK-OPTIMA polymers.

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POTENTIAL BENEFITS*:

  • Produce small, very strong devices due to design flexibility and a high strength-to-weight ratio
  • Enhance implant longevity and safety because of relatively low moisture absorption
  • Optimize fit, manufacture and intra-operative modifications by being able to use CAD/CAM
  • Artifact-free imaging due to high radiolucency
  • Enhance bone apposition as early as 4 weeks after implantation
  • Gain increased bone contact for up to 12 weeks
  • Sterilize repeatedly with no degradation using steam, ethylene oxide, gamma or Sterrad™ plasma

*    Data on file at Invibio Biomaterial Solutions

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