Victrex acquires fiber manufacturer Zyex

The complementary strengths of Zyex and Victrex will create a worldwide supplier of PEEK fibers.

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Victrex Plc (Thornton Clevelys, UK) has acquired Zyex (Stonehouse, UK), a manufacturer of PEEK-based fibers primarily for the aerospace, automotive and industrial markets. The move further enables Victrex to offer differentiated its PEEK-based solutions to new markets, which 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. 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.
 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.

“The acquisition of Zyex is compelling for Victrex, enabling us to drive future growth opportunities within well-aligned markets and developing application areas,” says David Hummel, CEO of Victrex. “The company's capabilities and the teams' expertise will further complement our product offering. While 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.”

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.