Published On: Wed, Apr 29th, 2009

Victrex Introduces VICTREX® ST™ Polymer

 Victrex Polymer Solutions, a division of Victrex plc and leading provider of high performance polyketones including VICTREX® PEEK™ polymer, VICOTE® Coating and APTIV™ films, has introduced a new proprietary range of products: VICTREX® ST™ 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. The new polymer launches with two grades: STG45 polymer (an unfilled granule grade) and ST45GL30 polymer (a glass-filled granule grade).

Technology Director, Dr. John Grasmeder, says, “We developed VICTREX ST polymer to meet customers’ expressed needs for a high performance material with improved mechanical performance at higher temperatures while maintaining VICTREX PEEK’s properties of purity, electrical resistance, chemical resistance, dimensional stability and low permeability/moisture absorption.”

When compared to other unfilled/unreinforced polymers, the VICTREX ST STG45 grade has improved mechanical performance especially in the temperature range from 150°C to 200°C. The VICTREX ST ST45GL30 grade features a heat distortion temperature of 380°C and therefore opens up new application opportunities for customers who work at temperatures over 300°C.

This combination of benefits provide Victrex customers another choice when placing applications in demanding temperature environments such as those found in the automotive, oil and gas or electronics industry. Equipment or parts made with VICTREX ST polymer have the potential to perform better, last longer and help customers realize long-term cost savings.

VICTREX ST polymer is a metal replacement option for many types of applications such as seals, disk drive carriers, connectors, turbo charger impellers, rings, test sockets, wire coatings and valve plates.

“Victrex continues to stay focused on the design and development of polyketones,” concluded Grasmeder. “Our portfolio is the broadest range on the market today and offers customers the flexibility to choose from dozens of blends and compounds. As customers look for a combination of deep expertise and high quality, Victrex Polymer Solutions is well positioned to meet their needs.”

About Victrex

Headquartered in the UK, 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. All Victrex material production comes under Victrex’s ISO 9001 quality registration.

VICTREX® is a registered trademark of Victrex Manufacturing Limited in the US, European Community and elsewhere. PEEK™, APTIV™, PEEK-ESD™, T-Series™, PEEK-HT™ are trademarks of Victrex plc. VICOTE® is a registered trademark of Victrex plc. in the US, European Community and elsewhere.