With demands increasing around health and safety, hygiene and productivity, the pressures being faced by food and beverage manufacturing equipment companies are mounting. To provide modern material solutions that could address some of the multiple challenges, the portfolio of VICTREX FG polymers was developed. Members of the high-performance PEEK (polyetheretherketone) family, they assist manufacturers to comply with the regulatory frameworks governing such critical considerations as food contact, cleaning processes and equipment performance.
"Our VICTREX FG portfolio builds on the outstanding properties of PEEK polymer to offer additional benefits in terms of cost-effectiveness, productivity and performance for OEMs in the processing and storage of food and drink, compared to the use of metals", said Stephen Dougherty, who as Business Director, covers the Manufacturing & Engineering end-market at Victrex. "We're very pleased to accept this prestigious Ringier Award as recognition of this work, particularly in the context of the China market where we see rapid market development and where our long-established presence is a great foundation for our work in this increasingly active area."
Currently, components of machines used in the food production industry require regular maintenance, often due to metal components being susceptible to corrosion. Such corrosion can create local environments that harbour contamination; stainless steel in salty environments at temperatures above 60°C for example. In addition, exposure of components to extreme temperatures and chemicals can result in deterioration and damage; contamination could also result from lubricants necessary for moving parts.
The Technology Innovation Awards, hosted annually by Ringier Industrial Media, require that each product entered must be in the forefront of the international plastics industry, be relevant to China and play a key role in assisting in taking China's plastics industry to new levels. Launched in 2006, the Awards were developed to encourage and acknowledge those individuals and companies who have introduced and developed a new idea, a new methodology, a new product or a new technology for manufacturing production efficiency, cost effectiveness, or user convenience, which might result in energy saving and more responsible clean manufacturing in China’s key pillar industries.
The prestigious Ringier Technology Innovation Awards are widely promoted among industry leaders and professionals through Ringier’s multimedia platform of magazines, such as China Food Manufacturing Journal (CFMJ), International Composites News for China (RPC), International Plastics News for China, online, and mobile marketing, as well as other major industrial and general media.
Find out more about Victrex´s food grade portfolio on https://www.victrex.com/en/food