Plastic gears given boost

PEEK supplier Victrex has acquired US-based polymer gears specialist Kleiss Gears. It is hoped the move will facilitate the development of plastic gear components across different industries.

Kleiss Gears has a proven track record stretching over 20 years of replacing and complementing metal gear systems with high-performance engineering polymer gears.

The pairing will bring the high precision gear design with the manufacturing capability of Victrex.

Victrex, headquartered in the UK, is able to better support the development of high performance polymer gears for demanding applications in automotive, energy and other industries – whether a material solution or the complete integrated system solution that customers seek.

David Hummel, chief executive of Victrex, says: “Kleiss Gears offers Victrex the opportunity to accelerate adoption of our Victrex PEEK gear proposition to meet the needs of the automotive industry and is in line with our aim to double the amount of PEEK volume in cars over the medium term.”

Justin Cunningham

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