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Victrex Acquires Fibre Manufacturer Zyex to Accelerate Development of Existing and New Markets for PEEK Fibre Applications

11 April 2017

Victrex has acquired Zyex in a move that further enables it to offer differentiated Victrex PEEK-based solutions to open-up new markets, in line with its strategy.

Victrex explains that its strategy is now strengthened with additional fibre 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. Victrex believes that the two companies coming together is a natural evolution and that the complementary strengths of Zyex and Victrex will create a world class supplier of PEEK fibres. Beyond opportunities from developing new and existing applications, the investment will also enable Victrex to explore the potential of additive manufacturing within the fibres area, building on the additive manufacturing consortium announced in 2016.

David Hummel, Chief Executive of Victrex, said, “The acquisition of Zyex is compelling for Victrex, enabling us to drive future growth opportunities within well-aligned markets and developing application areas.”

“The company´s capabilities and the team's expertise will further complement our product offering. Whilst Zyex is well-established, Victrex’s global reach, innovation focus and proven track record of building new markets offers an attractive opportunity to further develop the business over the coming years. This is in line with our strategy to offer selected and differentiated semi-finished product forms and parts for our customers, building on our core polymer offering.”

Zyex´s product range focuses on PEEK polymer based fibres for applications such as process belting, filtration or wiring harnesses, with manufacturing facilities in Gloucestershire, UK.

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 utilising 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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