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14th August 2019, Thornton Cleveleys

Victrex awarded automotive quality standard

Victrex’s gear solutions include high-precision gear design, prototyping, testing and manufacturing capabilities. © Victrex

Victrex’s gear solutions include high-precision gear design, prototyping, testing and manufacturing capabilities. © Victrex

Victrex, an innovative leader in high-performance PEEK and PAEK polymer solutions, has achieved a new milestone for its automotive offerings. Its gear design and manufacturing facility in Grantsburg, US, has received the IATF 16949 certification, proving that the necessary systems and capabilities in line with Tier1/OEM needs are in place. At the international K 2019 tradeshow in Düsseldorf, gear solutions will also be one focus at the Victrex booth from 16 -23 October.

Victrex PEEK has been used in auto gears for decades but since 2015, Victrex has extended its material expertise to the design, development and manufacture of gears, to offer a fully integrated and highly innovative approach to thermoplastic PEEK gear solutions.

Enabling Tier 1/OEM customers to work with one partner from concept to commercialisation, the company supports the development and testing of high-precision Victrex HPG-based gears, as well as manufacturing these gears as a component for integration into larger systems, e.g. within the engine, transmission, pump, actuator and chassis.

“Attaining this certification was a major goal for us. It unequivocally demonstrates that Victrex has the quality systems and capability to supply turnkey PEEK gear solutions into the mainstream Tier1/OEM supply chain,” explained Andy Walton, Director Automotive at Victrex. “A major European car manufacturer has already taken advantage of our gear design approach, as our ability to look at the whole system, not just the gear was invaluable. We are also working on numerous other programmes with global OEMs in other geographies, including the US.”

Victrex’s gear solutions include high-precision gear design, prototyping, testing and manufacturing capabilities using Victrex HPG polymers. Compared to traditional metal-based gears, Victrex HPG-based thermoplastic gear solutions for ICE and Electric Vehicle Platforms are said to offer decisive benefits, such as improved NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) performance, as well as enhanced efficiency reducing CO2 and system cost reduction.

Victrex, which started as a PEEK polymer producer, has continually built upon its material, processing and industry know-how, as well as partnerships with processors and OEMs, putting innovation into action to solve existing challenges. In addition, the company is driving adoption and acceleration of new product solutions such as the gears offering.

Today, millions of parts based on Victrex PEEK polymers, forms and parts are at work in automotive applications, contributing to deliver cost-effective solutions that improve reliability, reduce recalls, and increase warranty periods.

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