Magma's m-pipe is a high strength polymer carbon pipe which is reportedly 90% lighter than steel in water.
Magma's m-pipe is a high strength polymer carbon pipe which is reportedly 90% lighter than steel in water.

Victrex has announced that it will build a new PEEK composite facility for unidirectional (UD) tape and add new manufacturing capability for medical Trauma plate applications at its U.K. headquarters.

Unidirectional (UD) tape is being used for Victrex’s partnership with Magma, an oil and gas ‘mega-program’ that focuses on m-pipe. Magma´s m-pipe is a high strength polymer carbon pipe which is reportedly 90% lighter than steel in water, is stronger than steel, and has a number of performance benefits, including being highly durable, corrosion resistant to seawater, CO2 and sour gas.

Victrex’s UD tape composites are also being used in aerospace applications. 

Fatigue resistance

In trauma, Victrex will continue to invest in specific downstream manufacturing facilities during 2016. Trauma plates composed of the high-performance composite, PEEK-OPTIMA Ultra Reinforced, will be delivered by Victrex´s medical division Invibio Biomaterial Solutions (Invibio).

According to the company, the plates offer 50 times better fatigue resistance compared to metal, x-ray translucency to facilitate improved fracture repair bone alignment, and stress transfer characteristics that may accelerate the healing process and address the sizeable cases of poor fracture repair or device failures that can occur in metal-based solutions.

The new facility is due to start construction in early 2016.