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than a decade. However, we also
have active contacts at more than
60 academic institutions around
the world and about half of these
are currently pursuing scientific
studies with us on present and
future technologies."
JCM: How does PEEK stand out
from the other polymers in the
market?
OneSubsea Diamould electrical connector -©OneSubsea

with strong, lightweight thermoplastic solutions makes sound
economic sense as it helps in
reducing operational costs as well
as CO2 emissions. The strategic
approach led from unloaded to
loaded brackets. Victrex' latest
PEEK polymer coupled with
an innovative hybrid moulding
technology has made it possible
to design components that are
not only longer-lasting than their
metal counterparts, but also 60%
lighter. The new loaded bracket
was showcased at the Aircraft
Interiors Expo in Seattle last
October. It was developed in
conjunction with Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation.
JCM: What new markets have
you identified as being potentially
promising?

D.H : Victrex sees greater
scope for development in
ultra-reinforced base polymers.
Our recent developments in the
medical sector fit well with our
combined goals of disruptive
innovation and exploiting market
adjacencies. In the first instance,
our objective was to persuade
medical specialists to replace
previously used metal implants
with polymer-based ones like
ours - to address unmet needs
associated with the use of metals
despite it having been used for
many years. This required 'disrupting' conventional thinking.

At the same time, we used our
previous experience of PEEK
spine and dental implants to develop new trauma metal replacement solutions. Continuing in
this field, our final 'horizon' will
encompass higher performance
driven solutions, such as knee
replacements, in order to meet
the demands of an older global
population.
JCM: How are you planning to
develop in these new markets?
Will your strategy stay the same,
or does it need adapting?

D.H : These developments do
not happen overnight. Solutions
for the aerospace and medical
industry require rigorous testing meaning the journey from
inception to production can last
several years. Victrex' in-depth
knowledge and collaboration
with researchers and scientists in
various academic areas is also important for Victrex. Victrex has a
long history of academic collaboration. I see it as a key element of
our R&D activities and a source
of learning and expertise for us
outside of our core competencies. With Dr. John Grasmeder,
our Director of Technology, as
Chair of the KCMC (Knowledge
Centre for Material Chemistry)
Industry Steering Group, it is no
surprise, for example, that we
have been working on various
activities with them for more

D.H : With demand for global
PEEK estimated by some independent analysts to be worth
over £800m by 2018, it's little
wonder competition is rife. More
than 60 % of the current global
production capacity lies with
Victrex. The technical strength
and services, marketing knowhow, and product quality differentiates Victrex from the competition, who is trying to catch up.
Victrex sees this as an opportunity for moving even faster into
research and development and
towards higher-value, highquality finished or semi-finished
components. As well as investing
in future capacity to ensure
security of supply as we grow,
we are moving downstream into
added value processing, and into
finished or semi-finished components. Manufacturing these
parts requires stringent regulatory processes as well as complex
risk assessment operations and

Trauma plate composed of a high performance polymer « PEEK-OPTIMA
Ultra Reinforced polymer » © Invibio®
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unwavering quality assurance.
Or for short: Quality, innovation,
reliability and safety come first,
which is exactly what we deliver
at Victrex.
JCM: What developments are
you considering in your various
markets over a period of 3 to 5
years? What drivers can Victrex
exploit to consolidate its market
penetration?

D.H : A new state-of-the-art
£90m plant is about to be
opened in Thornton, England.
This new polyetheretherketone
operation will be commissioned
in early 2015, raising the group's
annual PEEK capacity to more
than 7,000 metric tons, up nearly
three-quarters from its current
levels. This substantial investment is funded entirely from
Victrex' own cash flow and is a
firm statement of the company's
commitment to its core market.
With such a fast and progressive
innovation approach, there is no
telling what the limits for Victrex
will be over the next decade. Recent examples like the brackets
mentioned earlier or Magma
Global´s unique M-pipe system
produced from carbon fibre and
Victrex PEEK polymer are distinct proof of how Victrex contributes to future performance.
All of the ingredients for longterm prosperity and success are
there with the main challenge,
aside from externalities, being
the ability to continue focussing
on high-value finished or semifinished advanced components.
With such a strategic approach
and unblemished record, it's no
wonder that Victrex was labeled
by Management Today as one
of the UK's top 20 most admired
companies at the end of 2013. n
More information:
www.victrex.com

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Cover
Edito
Point of view: Raw materials
Contents
Companies & Business
In brief
Resins - lnterview
Agenda of Events
Applications
Aerospace
Defense
Sustainability
Market
Overview 2014
China - Interview
FEATURE CARBON
Carbon
Training
Investment - Interview
Simulation
CFRT
Nano
Equipment
Marine
Research & Development
Monitoring
LCM
Technology & Innovations
Manufacturing
Pultrusion
NDT
Matrix
Simulation
Index
In the world
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 2
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Point of view: Raw materials
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - In brief
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Resins - lnterview
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 13
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Agenda of Events
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Ad1
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Ad2
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Aerospace
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Defense
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Sustainability
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Overview 2014
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 21
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - China - Interview
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 23
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Carbon
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Training
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Investment - Interview
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Simulation
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 30
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 31
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - CFRT
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 33
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Nano
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 36
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Equipment
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Marine
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Monitoring
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 42
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - LCM
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Manufacturing
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 47
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Pultrusion
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 49
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - NDT
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Matrix
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 52
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 53
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Simulation
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 55
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - 56
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - Index
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #94 - January/February 2015 - In the world
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