ELASTO Sweden expands medical TPE offering with coloured, transparent compounds
At the Fakuma exhibition ELASTO Sweden (Hall B1 #1217), part of the HEXPOL TPE group, presented the latest offering from their Mediprene portfolio of thermoplastic elastomers for medical device applications. The group has developed TPE compounds with both high levels of transparency as well as vibrant colours.
The Mediprene compounds offer crystal clear transparency with the added benefit of colour to give an attractive, enriched appearance. The ability to clearly see through a product to monitor the patient is an important feature for many medical devices such as face masks. Transparent TPEs can also be used in tubing and dental applications. In medical devices and pharmaceutical packaging colour is also often used functionally for product identification, to differentiate products with different uses or sizes. The vibrant colours achievable with coloured Mediprene TPE compounds allow brand owners to add value to their products and create visual appeal. A blue or green colour is often used in medical transparent or translucent products to disguise the yellowing phenomena that can be caused by for example gamma sterilization.
The Mediprene TPE compounds were developed in response to an increasing interest in transparent compounds from the medical market. The coloured transparent compounds are made from medical grade raw materials only. The colour masterbatch supplier has been selected with care, ensuring that not only the colorants and carriers are compliant with USP Class VI or corresponding parts of ISO 10993 but also that the masterbatches are manufactured under rigorous controls with regard to traceability, consistency and change control, thereby fitting the Mediprene concept at ELASTO Sweden’s ISO 13485 accredited facilities. A fully colour compounded TPE gives a perfectly dispersed, consistent colour with a correct and reproducible addition level. Mediprene coloured transparent compounds ensure colour reproducibility and deliver a compound ready for use, with no additional steps for the moulder or extrusion company. A series of Mediprene transparent TPE compounds has been developed with hardnesses ranging from 30 to 90 Shore A in 5 Shore A increments.
Niklas Ottosson, medical technical manager for ELASTO Sweden commented, “With the Mediprene TPE compounds the benefits of colour and crystal clear transparency are united, opening up further design and brand identification possibilities for the medical device market. Our customers also have the security of a fully compounded TPE, manufactured from medical grade raw materials only, matched to their requirements and ready for use.”
Kjell Fagerström, managing director at ELASTO Sweden added, “The development of coloured, transparent medical TPEs is part of our on-going commitment to supply leading quality TPE products and the highest levels of support. These compounds are possible due to the rigorous standards and controls of our compounding processes. This year we have further strengthened our local support abilities, with the creation of a new office in Belgium to serve our medical customers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux. We have also recently announced our investment in a new twin-screw TPE production line at our facility in Åmål, Sweden.”
About HEXPOL TPE
HEXPOL TPE brings together the ELASTO businesses in Sweden, UK and China and Müller Kunststoffe in Germany. We are at the forefront in the development and manufacture of custom formulated thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and complimentary compounds. Our family delivers a trusted combination of material know-how, R&D, production capability and comprehensive technical services. Alongside European and Asian production and product development facilities, as part of the HEXPOL group of companies, we share an extensive global footprint covering EU, Asia-Pacific and NAFTA, enabling us to support our customers worldwide.
A comprehensive product portfolio covering TPS, TPO, TPV, TPU, soft PVC, cork compounds and masterbatch is led by global brands Dryflex®, Mediprene®, Lifoflex®, EPSeal®, Lifolit®, Lifocork®, Lifobatch® and Lifoprene®. We support OEMs, moulders and designers at all stages of product development in the medical, electronic, automotive, caps & closures, construction and consumer markets.
Mediprene®, Dryflex®, EPSeal® , Lifoprene®, Lifoflex®, Lifocork®, Lifolit® and Lifobatch® are registered trademarks property of the HEXPOL group of companies.
For further information please contact:
Jill Bradford, Marketing & PR Manager, HEXPOL TPE
tel +44 161 654 2369 | jill.bradford@hexpolTPE.com