Introducing a New Level of High Performance, High Temperature Materials, Victrex MAX-Series Polymer

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Victrex plc, a leading provider of high performance materials including Victrex® Peek™ polymer, Vicote® Coating and APTIV™ Film, has introduced a new proprietary range of blended products, Victrex MAX-Series™ polymer.

Victrex MAX-Series polymer is a blend of two complementary, unfilled materials

Victrex plc, a leading provider of high performance materials including Victrex® Peek™ polymer, Vicote® Coating and APTIV™ Film, has introduced a new proprietary range of blended products, Victrex MAX-Series™ polymer.

This innovative new product line is part of the Victrex Peek product family and is designed to perform in the most demanding environments, specifically in applications requiring a combination of high temperature mechanical performance and dimensional stability. Victrex MAX-Series polymers are a blend of Victrex Peek polymer and genuine Extem® UH thermoplastic polyimide (TPI) resin from SABIC Innovative Plastics.

"Victrex MAX-Series polymer is a blend of two complementary, unfilled materials," says Mark Maddern, Global Product Manager at Victrex. "It is designed to fill the performance gap found in many of today's high temperature materials. Finding a melt-processable, ultra-high temperature performance material combined with chemical resistance, high purity, and controlled coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) can be difficult. The MAX-Series product was created to address these challenges and with ability to perform at temperatures in the range of 150-275ºC."

Compared with standard Victrex Peek polymer, the new Victrex MAX-Series product provides a significant performance jump in terms of mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. Victrex T-Series™ polymer blend, for example, offers excellent mechanical properties and wear performance at elevated temperatures, and Victrex MAX-series polymer offers better controlled CTE over the whole temperature range.

We've pulled selected key strengths from both Victrex Peek polymer and Extem UH thermoplastic polyimide (TPI) resin to meet customer needs. Victrex Peek's excellent chemical resistance, hydrolytic stability, long-term heat, and wear resistance combined with Extem resin's dimensional stability, high temperature strength, and HDT/creep creates an exciting material possibility for customers.

The new product will initially be launched with two grades: MAX-Series M1000 polymer and MAX-Series M2000 polymer, each containing different proportions of Victrex Peek and Extem resin. Victrex is identifying opportunities for the product across a wide range of markets and applications, including the oil and gas and semiconductor sectors.

For oil and gas applications, long-term reliability and resistance to extreme temperatures, chemical, and wear conditions are critical. This is especially important as operations go into more extreme environments. So, there is an increasing need for tougher, more durable materials for applications such as downhole and subsea electrical connectors and seal rings.

In the semiconductor industry, fabrication facilities are constantly striving to develop components that combine high purity and high temperature resistance. Victrex has a successful history of working with customers in this segment and the Victrex MAX-Series polymer, which builds upon the solid foundation of Victrex Peek polymer, has the potential to offer improved performance for applications such chip trays and test sockets.

"Victrex continues to stay focused on its deep expertise in polyetheretherketones," continues Maddern. Our product portfolio has more than doubled in the past three years, and the performance breadth of our products continues to expand through the development of novel polymers, proprietary blends, and high performance compounds. As customers look for a combination of expertise and product performance range, Victrex is well positioned to service their ever more challenging needs."

The introduction of Victrex MAX-Series polymer complements the company's introduction last year of Victrex T-Series polymer, a range of blends that combine Victrex Peek polymer with Celazole® PBI (polybenzimidazole). Victrex T-Series polymer is designed to perform in the most demanding applications requiring high thermal resistance, strength and wear resistance. The product expands on the mechanical and tribological performance of the Victrex grade range at extreme high temperatures (greater than 250ºC).

About Victrex
Victrex plc is an innovative leading manufacturer of high performance materials, including Victrex® Peek™ polymer, Vicote® Coatings and APTIV™ film. These materials are used in a variety of markets and offer an exceptional combination of properties to help processors and end users reach new levels of cost savings, quality, and performance. Visit http://www.victrex.com/en/ to learn how these products are improving the Oil & Gas and Semiconductor industries.

For mobile phone access, visit http://www.victrex.mobi/en/.

VICTREX® is a registered trademark of Victrex Manufacturing Limited. PEEK™, PEEK-HT™, T-Series™, MAX-Series™ and APTIV™ are trademarks of Victrex plc. VICOTE® is a registered trademark of Victrex plc.

Extem® is a registered trademark of SABIC Innovative Plastics.
Celazole® is a registered trademark of PBI Performance Products, Inc.

Enquiries:
Debbie Groark
Victrex Marketing Communications Mgr.
Tel: 1-585-381-5139

Claire Walker
Techworks Asia Ltd
Tel: 44 (0) 1296 620201

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