Victrex plc, a UK supplier of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and polyaryletherketone (PAEK) materials, has achieved a new milestone for its automotive offerings with a new certificate for its gear design and manufacturing facility in the US.
The company’s plant in Grantsburg, Wisconsin, has received the IATF 16949 certification, proving that the necessary systems and capabilities in line with Tier1/OEM needs are in place.
The quality management certificate covers continual improvement; effective defect prevention; reduction of variation and waste in the supply chain, according to Victrex.
Since 2015, Victrex has extended its material expertise in to the design, development and manufacture of gears to offer a fully integrated thermoplastic PEEK gear solutions.
Able to provide OEMs with a full range of services from concept to commercialisation, Victrex supports the development and testing of high-precision HPG-based gears and their integration into larger systems such as the engine, transmission, pump, actuator and chassis.
Compared to traditional metal-based gears, HPG-based thermoplastic gear solutions offer improved NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) performance as well as enhanced efficiency reducing CO2 and system cost reduction, according to Victrex.
“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”, said Andy Walton, director automotive at Victrex.
According to Walton, a “major” European car manufacturer has already employed the gear design approach, as part of a whole system.
“We are also working on numerous other programmes with global OEMs in other geographies, including the US,” he added.
Victrex automotive solutions, including gears, will be on display in hall 5, stand B 09, during K 2019 in 16-23 October, in Düsseldorf, Germany.