TxV Aero Composites brings Craig Costa on board as General Manager

September 24, 2019

TxV Aero Composites, a specialist in innovative processes for the application of polyketone-based composites for aerospace, has announced the appointment of Craig Costa as General Manager.

Over the next 12 months, Costa will focus on plant efficiencies, throughput optimization, and process validation for TxV's established engineering capabilities and manufacturing processes; further accelerating the production of aerospace-quality composite parts in commercial quantities.

Prior to joining TxV, Costa served as Director of Engineering at Whirlpool Corporation. For over 10 years, Costa was responsible for the design and manufacture of highly engineered, build-to-order industrial systems.

TxV Aero Composites’ highly-automated manufacturing facility was designed and built for the sole purpose of manufacturing polyketone composite parts for commercial aerospace. The company´s manufacturing capabilities include automated tape laying, consolidation, forming and injection molding under one roof. In addition, TxV also has a quality lab on-site to ensure compliance with the strict quality requirements of the aerospace industry.

TxV’s manufacturing processes are based on VICTREX™ PAEK polymer, in particular, VICTREX AE™ 250 thermoplastic composites. These lightweight high-performance polymer solutions in combination with TxV´s capability to design and manufacture functional composite parts are expected to contribute to the aerospace industry achieving commercial build rates.

Victrex and Tri-Mack together create TxV

TxV Aero Composites came into being in early 2017 as a joint venture between Victrex plc, a leading supplier of PAEK and PEEK-based high-performance polymer solutions, and Tri-Mack Plastics Manufacturing Corporation. The objective was to accelerate the commercial adoption of polyketone-based composite applications throughout the aerospace industry, by leveraging the manufacture of parts utilizing new and innovative processes.

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