Victrex

Invibio Global Technical Centre
Hillhouse International
Thornton Cleveleys,  Lancashire  FY5 4QD

United Kingdom
http://www.victrex.com/energy
  • Booth: 505

Oil & Gas applications using VICTREX™ PEEK polymer, APTIV™ films, VICOTE™ coatings and VICTREX Pipes™ deliver long-term reliability, improved part performance, exceptional chemical, electrical, wear, hydrolysis and temperature resistance. These high performing products are great replacements for plastics and metal.


 Press Releases

  • “Survive and thrive in the extremes” theme showcases Victrex’s strength in harnessing innovation with investment to develop advanced polymer solutions for future challenges.

    Thornton Cleveleys (UK), April 30, 2019 – As Victrex celebrates the invention of PEEK polymer 40 years ago, the company will be at OTC 2019 in Houston (Booth #505) to emphasise how it has developed its polymers to final parts product range. James Simmonite, Director Energy at Victrex comments, “In PEEK´s 40th anniversary year, we can take a look back and see just how Victrex’s PEEK innovation has changed sectors, such as Energy and how Victrex has transformed into a global material, technology and solutions provider. ‘Power to progress polymers’ could be our mantra today.” Today´s remarkable list of VICTREX PAEK and PEEK-based innovations covers polymers, films, fibres, pipes, composite and gear solutions. In addition, strategic investments and development partnerships with leading companies, such as Magma Global Ltd. in the energy industry, are further propelling the industry and company.
     

    Victrex´s composite solution in Magma´s m-pipe®

    © Magma Global

    In the oil and gas sector for example, Magma´s m-pipe® technology serves as one of the prime examples of utilising an invention such as VICTREX™ PEEK thermoplastic composite to innovate. This subsea pipeline solution has been designed to reduce exploration and production costs and risks for demanding risers, jumpers, flowlines and downlines applications. At the end of 2016, Victrex invested a minority interest in Magma to further facilitate its adoption. Outstanding properties make m-pipe a cost-effective alternative to traditional steel and non-bonded flexible pipe. It requires minimal maintenance and, since it is not subject to corrosion, has a longer lifetime than steel.

    Sealing solutions: Designed to improve efficiency and service life 

    Victrex recently launched a new cryogenics polymer, VICTREX CT 200. Specifically designed for dynamic sealing applications. This series exhibits improved sealing over a wider range of temperatures, compared to commonly-used materials such as PCTFE. It does so at low temperatures because of its greater ductility, and at high temperatures due to its superior creep resistance.

    Valve seat insert made from VICTREX CT™ 200
    © Victrex

    VICTREX CT polymers have also been shown to maintain better dimensional stability, with a lower coefficient of thermal expansion than incumbent material. The higher thermal conductivity of these Victrex polymers enables a fast response to temperature changes, ensuring the material is always engaged with the counter-surface. In addition, laboratory testing indicates that they may require less torque to actuate since they have a lower static and dynamic coefficient of friction compared to PCTFE. This results in less wear, higher performance and a potential for cost savings.

    Seal rings, thrust washers, bushings and bearings made of PEEK are also used in many applications where they must withstand extremely high pressures, high temperatures, aggressive chemicals, and corrosive environments and consequently help to improve service life and reliability to eliminate costly downtimes. A case in point is thrust bearing pads for pumps; even after more than three years of operation, there is only minimal wear due to the tribological wear properties of VICTREX PEEK. In addition, power loss was reduced by up to 30%.

    Innovation in composites earns 2019 JEC Innovation Award

    Victrex´s considerable and long-term material and processing know-how decisively contributed to another PAEK-composite based innovation: German-based Herone´s all-thermoplastic drive-shaft system overmoulded with an integral gear. It was recently also recognized with a 2019 JEC Innovation Award. The application builds on three Victrex pillars: PEEK polymer; VICTREX AE™ 250 unidirectional tape (UDT) thermoplastic composite; and the hybrid overmoulding processing technique developed by Victrex.

    Gearing up with PEEK polymers

    Gear solutions replacing metals have shown a reduction in rattle and noise issues in automotive engine applications by up to 50% (3dB). Compared to powdered metal gears, the weight and moment of inertia is also considerably lower with VICTREX HPG™ gears, contributing to higher system efficiency in automotive applications. Victrex’s gear offering includes high-precision gear design, prototyping, testing and manufacturing capabilities to help customers gain a competitive advantage.

    Proactive investments in the future open the door to further innovations including 3d printing

    Continued improvement in application performance to accelerate innovation is an integral part of strategy and success at Victrex. Proactive investment in the development of next-generation thermoplastic solutions have, for example, resulted in:

    • The completion of a multi-million world class ‘Polymer Innovation Centre’ in November 2017 to address materials innovation as well as different aspects of polymer R&D;

    • The acquisition of Kleiss Gears (2015) and the fibre manufacturer Zyex (2017);

    • A joint venture called TxV Aero Composites (2017) to manufacture Aerospace parts;

    • UD Tape Composites Manufacturing

    • Investments in PtFS (Production to Functional Specification), an innovative tooling design and processing technology from Surface Generation (2019);

    • Minority share in Bond High Performance 3D Technology (2019) to help customers with an accelerated route to market for 3D printed PAEK* parts, building on the inherent strength of existing Victrex´s polymers and setting the path to produce functional, high strength parts which contribute to maximising performance of components.

    High-performance VICTREX PEEK polymer supports multiple requirements

    The inert properties of the versatile PAEK polymers are one main reason for their success. This family of polymers is ideally suited to extreme and demanding environments. Whilst alternative materials can meet specific needs, PEEKs are located at the top of the polymer pyramid and can support multiple requirements. Their properties include light weight, high strength, and high resistance to wear, high temperatures, fatigue and aggressive chemicals. Together, these outstanding properties contribute to enhanced fuel efficiency, extended part life, greater comfort (smooth operation, less noise), more design freedom and greater cost efficiency. A second important reason is that Victrex strategically focuses on this particular family of PAEK HPPs, and is committed to innovation, success and delivering total solutions to customers.

    Visit Victrex at OTC Offshore Technology Conference 2019, May 6 -9th, Houston at booth #505.

    Further information on Victrex: www.victrex.com

    About Victrex

    Victrex is an innovative world leader in high-performance polymer solutions, focused on the strategic markets of automotive, aerospace, energy (including manufacturing & engineering), electronics and medical. Every day, millions of people use products and applications, which contain our materials – from smartphones, aeroplanes and cars to oil and gas operations and medical devices. With 40 years’ experience, we develop world leading solutions in PEEK- and PAEK-based polymers and selected semi-finished and finished parts which shape future performance for our customers and our markets, and drive value for our shareholders. Find out more at www.victrex.com

    VICTREX™, APTIV™, VICOTE™, VICTREX PIPES™, VICTREX HT™, VICTREX ST™, VICTREX WG™, PEEK-ESD™ and the Triangle (Device), are trademarks of Victrex plc or its group companies.

    CONTACTS

    Victrex media contact

    Beate Sauer, PR & Marketing Communications Manager

    bsauer@victrex.com, phone +49 (0) 61 92 / 96 49 19

    Corporate, financial media or investor enquiries

    Andrew Hanson, Director of Investor Relations & Corporate communications

    ahanson@victrex.com, phone +44 12538 98121


 Products

  • VICTREX™ CT THERMOPLASTIC POLYMERS
    VICTREX CT Polymers offers processors and end-users a tailor-made solution to address the challenges of low temperature environments....

  • Sealing solutions: Designed to improve efficiency and service life

    VICTREX CT Polymers offers processors and end-users a tailor-made solution to address the challenges of low temperature environments.

    Victrex sealing material solutions are designed and tested for proven performance in cryogenic environments offering more consistent and reliable sealing across a broad temperature range compared to fluoropolymers.​

  • VICTREX™ HT and VICTREX ™ ST polymers
    VICTREX™ HT and VICTREX™ ST polymer materials are increasingly being selected by connector OEMs to improve application performance, achieve more design freedom, and reduce downtime and system costs....

  • Take your connectors to the next level with Victrex.

    VICTREX™ HT and ST provide long-term reliability at elevated temperatures after prolonged exposure to an applied pressure of 138 MPa at 204°C (20,000 psi at 400°F). VICTREX HT also allows short-term exposure to pressures of 172 MPa at 260°C (25,000 psi at 500°F).

    Engineers specify VICTREX® PEEK materials due to their ability to be molded and perform in extreme temperatures and pressures, harsh chemicals, and moisture.