Continued innovation that addresses improvement in application performance is an integral part of strategy and success at Victrex. Proactive investment in the development of next-generation thermoplastic solutions has now resulted in the completion of the company´s new approximately $13 million (£10 million) world class “Polymer Innovation Center”. The Center is fully operational and represents additional proof of Victrex´s dedication to pioneering research and development focused upon VICTREX™ PEEK* polymer and other differentiated grades within the PAEK* family of high-performance thermoplastics. Recent innovations include the introduction of VICTREX AE250 composites for the aerospace industry, which ties in with the company’s polymer-to-parts strategy.
The Polymer Innovation Center 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. 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 centre.