MOSCOW (MRC) -- Victrex and Tri-Mack
Plastics Manufacturing Corporation have established a joint venture, TxV Aero
Composites, to accelerate the commercial adoption of polyketone (PAEK) composite
applications within the aerospace industry, through the manufacture of parts
utilizing new and innovative processes, according to Plastemart.
dollar investment includes the establishment of a new US-based manufacturing
facility. The new company will be a total solutions provider for polyketone
composites, from concept development through commercialization. By combining
world-class expertise in materials, engineering, development and manufacturing,
TxV Aero Composites will be able to address customer challenges with dedicated
speed and focus. The intent is to offer a range of PAEK composites, from
custom laminates to pre-formed composite inserts for hybrid molding processes,
as well as finished composite parts and complete over-molded hybrid composite
components and assemblies.
These innovative products can deliver
weight savings of up to 60% over conventional metallic solutions, and offer
continuous manufacturing processes and cycle times measured in minutes versus
hours for thermoset alternatives. One example is VICTREX AE 250 composites, a
new lower temperature processing PAEK-based composite product family that
enables a unique hybrid mold¬ing process. This innovation combines the strength
of continuously-reinforced thermoplastic composites with the design flexibility
and proven performance of VICTREX PEEK injection molding
Tri-Mack Plastics is a proven and long-standing partner of
Victrex and has an excellent reputation for developing and manufacturing complex
parts and assemblies for the Aerospace industry.
Composites will establish a purpose-built polyketone composite center of
excellence in the USA, due to be completed in 2017.
use thousands of brackets and system attachments from the cockpit to the tail of
the plane. The total amount of these components on an aircraft can add a
significant amount of cost and weight especially if they are made from machined
metal or thermoset layups. The VICTREX PAEK-based components can be manufactured
more efficiently than conventional thermoset alternatives, and can deliver
significant weight savings compared to stainless steel and titanium while
offering equivalent or better mechanical properties such as strength, stiffness,
As MRC informed
previously, global thermoplastic composites end product market is expected to
reach at USD9.9 bln in 2020 at a CAGR of 6.5% over the period of 2015 to 2020.
Thermoplastic composites market can be classified as continuous and
discontinuous composite. The widely used thermoplastic composites are LFT, SFT,
and GMT. Enhancement in product performance by innovation and lower overall cost
for consumers is expected to further drive the market. The biggest challenge in
the industry is relatively higher cost of materials compared to competing
materials. Further market development is expected to depend upon material
availability at reasonable prices.