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Polymer film reinforces state-of-the-art racing yacht

When the United Internet Team Germany entered the 2007 America's Cup challenge, they did so on board a newly designed yacht that featured APTIV film, from Victrex USA, protecting those sections fallin...

May 1, 2008   Canadian Plastics



When the United Internet Team Germany entered the 2007 America’s Cup challenge, they did so on board a newly designed yacht that featured APTIV film, from Victrex USA, protecting those sections falling under particularly intense stress.

The team’s GER 89 racing yacht had a layer of the APTIV film, made with VICTREX PEEK polymer, applied to the hull and parts under the deck to protect them from friction, pressures and the high temperatures — up to 300C — that can be created due to frictional forces encountered during high-speed sailing.

Due to its thermoplastic nature, APTIV film is easy to process and can be thermoformed, laminated without the use of adhesives, or heat-sealed.

“VICTREX PEEK polymer provides excellent hydrolysis and chemical resistance and does not change its properties, even when in constant contact with water,” Victrex said.

Victrex USA Inc. (West Conshohocken, Pa.); www.victrex.com; 484-342-6001


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