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Solvay Appoints Foster as North American Distributor of Medical-grade PEEK & PAEK

Published on 2018-12-17. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Medical    

High-performance Biomedical Polymers
High-performance Biomedical Polymers
Foster Corporation has been appointed as a North American distributor of Solvay’s KetaSpire* PEEK and AvaSpire* PAEK polyketone based polymers for the North American medical market. This will include unmodified polymers and standard color formulations currently offered by Solvay. Foster can also offer custom compounding of these polymers, including custom colors, for specific application requirements.

Medical Grade Polyketone-based Polymers

PEEK and PAEK medical grade polyketone based polymers are high flexural modulus and high strength polymers that offer extreme heat resistance and excellent hydrolytic stability. They maintain their mechanical properties in reusable applications when exposed to multiple steam sterilization cycles as well as other sterilization techniques. Both polymers can withstand over 1,000 steam sterilization cycles without significant loss of properties. In addition both polymers are biocompatible (USP Class VI and ISO 10993) and biostable. Common applications include surgical tools, tubing, and connectors, as well as healthcare metal replacement applications.

Foster is currently a distributor in the North American healthcare market for Solvay’s Radel* polyphenylsulfone (PPSU), Udel* polysulfone (PSU), and Ixef* polyarylamide (PARA).

Comprehensive Polymer Solutions

Larry Johnson, Executive Vice President at Foster Corporation, said:
“Solvay’s standard grades of PEEK and PAEK polyketone based polymers, along with their sulfone based polymers, are in high demand for reusable medical devices. Additionally, device companies are increasingly evaluating material formulations that provide differentiated colors and performance characteristics. Our expertise in polymer distribution of standard grades and custom compounding specialty formulations is unique and provides the most comprehensive polymer solutions in the industry.”

*KetaSpire, AvaSpire, Radel, Udel, and Ixef are registered trademarks of Solvay.

Source: Solvay
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