PEEK/PBI Polymers withstand elevated temperatures.

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Based on VICTREX® PEEK(TM) polymer and Celazole® polybenzimidazole, TU-60, TL-60, and TF-60V products are designed to be melt processable and capable of performing in demanding high-temperature applications requiring optimized strength, wear, hardness, creep, and thermal properties. They offer suitable replacement for metals and non-melt processable high-temperature plastics.

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Introducing VICTREX® T-Series Products for Enhanced Performance at Elevated Temperatures

Greenville, SC - (May 2, 2006) - Victrex has introduced its new VICTREX® T-Series, a range of proprietary blended products based on VICTREX® PEEK(TM) polymer and Celazole® polybenzimidazole (PBI). These innovative new products are designed to be melt processable and capable of performing in the most demanding high temperature applications requiring superior strength, wear, hardness, improved creep and thermal properties.

Victrex has signed a licensee agreement with PBI Performance Products, Inc. (Charlotte, NC), the manufacturer of Celazole PBI and original developer of the T-Series technology, to manufacturer, sell, and market these products under the name VICTREX T-Series worldwide, excluding Japan.

Victrex will develop market applications and provide sales and technical support for the injection moldable thermoplastic.

Initially comprised of three proprietary grades, VICTREX TU-60, TL-60, and TF-60V, the new VICTREX T-Series products expand the current mechanical and tribological capability of existing VICTREX PEEK grades with enhanced stiffness, wear, hardness, and temperature performance that is made possible with the addition of the Celazole PBI. VICTREX T-Series products are an ideal replacement for metals, and non-melt processable high temperature plastics.

"We are excited with the opportunity to work with Victrex and to leverage their sales, marketing and technical resources to bring this product to the market in a very meaningful way," says Bill Lawson, PBI Performance Products¹ Managing Director & COO. "The product line has many performance advantages over the existing materials used in the petrochemical, industrial and semiconductor markets."

"VICTREX T-Series products open up new market and application opportunities for Victrex and our customers. They provide a significant performance increase in terms of mechanical properties and wear characteristics at elevated temperatures that give our customers an option above and beyond our current offerings," according to Mark Maddern, Global Product Manager at Victrex.

As a result, the new VICTREX T-Series products will provide another high value solution for engineers in the semiconductors, electronic, industrial, and transport industries that are looking for improved temperature, wear, and strength properties from a melt processable material.

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