Victrex Opens Polymer Innovation Centre
Victrex, Thornton Cleveley, UK, announces the completion of its new GPB 10 million world class “Polymer Innovation Centre”. The center is fully operational now for pilot-plant scale manufacturing of new PAEK polymers.
The Polymer Innovation Centre will further extend Victrex’s capabilities in innovation and assist customers in the development of technological advances using Victrex PAEK solutions. Co-located at the company´s UK headquarters, the new center will function as an enabler for rapid prototyping of new parts and components with novel PAEK materials.
According to Victrex, the manufacture of new and differentiated polyaryletherketones on a technical scale will help in the research and testing of high-performance polymer grades aimed at achieving progress in, for example, composites and 3D printing/additive manufacturing. Victrex is currently leading a consortium backed by Innovate UK to focus on 3D printing. Helping to improve the process for manufacturing existing polymers will also be supported by the new center.
The strategic importance of the new center was underlined by Jakob Sigurdsson, the new CEO at Victrex, who commented, "We continue to expand our PAEK-based portfolio, services and technologies into new markets and new applications. This new facility is another important step for us, particularly as we anticipate around 10-20% of our overall sales will come from new differentiated PAEK polymer grades and our mega-programmes in the medium term."
The center is expected to create approximately 60 new jobs in the region over the next 10 years. It delivers 30-70 kg batch manufacture of novel polyaryletherketones, and can support the continual improvement in quality and performance of existing products. The 16 m high building is equipped with unique, state-of-the-art pilot-scale process technology and equipment that opens up new dimensions for the development of high-performance polymers.
Victrex Europa GmbH
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