Victrex Buys Fiber Manufacturer Zyex
Victrex plc, Thornton Cleveleys, UK, has acquired Zyex, a recognized global leader in the manufacture of PEEK based fibers, principally for the aerospace, automotive and industrial markets. The move further enables Victrex to offer differentiated Victrex PEEK-based solutions to open-up new markets, in line with its strategy. This is now strengthened with additional fiber products, application expertise and resources from the Zyex team to develop new and existing solutions for customers.
Zyex is a well-established and long-standing customer of Victrex and like Victrex, Zyex was formed out of ICI. The two companies coming together is a natural evolution. Zyex´s product range focuses on PEEK polymer based fibers for applications such as process belting, filtration or wiring harnesses, with manufacturing facilities in Gloucestershire, UK. According to a press release, the complementary strengths of Zyex and Victrex will create a world class supplier of PEEK fibers. Beyond opportunities from developing new and existing applications, the investment will also enable Victrex to explore the potential of additive manufacturing within the fibers area, building on the additive manufacturing consortium announced in 2016.
The acquisition of Zyex builds on other recent investments. In February 2017, Victrex announced a new joint venture, TxV Aero Composites, with Tri-Mack plastics to accelerate the commercial adoption of polyketone (PAEK) composite applications within the aerospace industry, through the manufacture of selected parts utilizing new and innovative processes. Victrex also invested in a minority interest in Magma Global Ltd in December 2016, to strengthen the partnership and facilitate the adoption of the pioneering m-pipe technology for subsea oil and gas composite pipes.
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