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Lubrizol LifeSciences at MEDTEC China'14: Highlighted TPU Portfolio for Medical Industry

Published on 2014-09-29. Author : SpecialChem

CLEVELAND -- The Lubrizol Corporation's Lubrizol LifeSciences highlighted its broad portfolio of advanced materials for the medical industry at the MEDTEC China 2014 exhibition Sept. 25-26 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center. Technologies include breathable polymers for wound care, flame retardant thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) for medical devices, medical-grade TPUs for intravenous (IV) tubing and soft polymers as a replacement for silicones and rubbers.

Among the featured product portfolios at MEDTEC China 2014 were Tecothane™ TPUs, which are the first medical-grade TPUs that also offer flame-retardant properties. "Over the past 10 years there has been tremendous growth of sophisticated electronics in medical care facilities," says Clark Yan, sales manager, China. "Now, products that help reduce the risk of fire spreading are becoming essential."

This new and innovative solution for medical devices is ideal for equipment that has direct contact with electronic connections such as touchscreen monitors, pressure cuffs, EKG cables, sensor cables and more. Because Lubrizol's new TPU is flame-retardant, it reduces the risk of fire spreading — an especially critical feature in home care and medical applications where the growing use of electronics can mean an increased probability of equipment short-circuiting.

At MEDTEC China 2014, Lubrizol also highlighted its Pellethane® aromatic TPUs for use in flexible IV set tubing applications. Pellethane 2683-80AE delivers a highly favorable cost-performance balance, excellent biocompatibility, kink resistance and ease of processing. It provides a flexural modulus ranging from 1,000 to 190,000 psi and comes in hardnesses from Shore 80A to 75D. The material withstands ethylene-oxide and gamma radiation sterilization and passes all ISO 10993 biological toxicity testing.

Lubrizol also discussed its recently launched Pellethane TPU products for wound care and medical device applications. New Pellethane TPU grades, 5863-82A, 5863-82AE, 5863-85A, and 5863-90A, provide a high moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) for film wound care applications. This allows wounds to breathe, but prevents water, microbes and other particles from entering.

The expanded line of Tecothane™ Soft polymers was also showcased during the MEDTEC China show. Designed specifically for medical applications, these new soft polymers offer an alternative to materials such as rubbers and silicones, while providing the benefits of a thermoplastic polymer. Mechanical properties include strong tear resistance, excellent resilience and recoverability, and several material hardnesses.

Pellethane® is a registered trademark of The Lubrizol Corporation.
Tecothane™ is a trademark of The Lubrizol Corporation.

About The Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a technology-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers' products while reducing their environmental impact. It produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and pharmaceuticals, and specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives.

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 7,500 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2013 were $6.4 billion.

Source: Lubrizol Corporation

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