Polyaryletherketone (PAEK) Victrex (Thornton Cleveleys, UK) has commissioned the first production stream of its third PAEK manufacturing plant as it focuses on offering even greater security of supply to customers, as well as delivering complete solutions. The capacity increase is part of an expansion program valued at $138 million. The new facility for the manufacture of PAEK went into operation in the north-west of the UK during April.
Recent investments have increased Victrex´s production capacity by 70% to more than 16 million pounds (7,000 tonnes) per year. Alongside its PAEK resin capacity, the world's leading PAEK producer has also continued its downstream investment in Aptiv film, pipe, tape and now medical components, enabling the company to differentiate from competitors by supplying complete solutions to customers rather than simply manufacturing materials.