Clariant Introduces Medical-Grade ABS Compounds

Clariant Plastics & Coatings Healthcare Polymer Solutions has introduced a new family of ABS polymer compounds formulated for medical device and pharmaceutical packaging applications. Part of the company’s MEVOPUR line of color and additive concentrates and ready-to-use polymer compounds, the ABS materials feature enhanced functionality and are produced in strict compliance with regulatory requirements, said Clariant in a press release.

Medical-grade ABS from Clariant
The ABS materials are available in anti-static and anti-scratch compounds. Image courtesy Clariant.

ABS is commonly used in the consumer and automotive sectors. Clariant said that it has applied its formulation expertise and compounding capabilities in EN ISO 13485:2016–certified production facilities to enhance the properties of the resin with pre-tested ingredients that support compliance to standards such as ISO 10993 and USP Class VI.

“Clariant recently introduced the theme of ‘The Color of Innovation’ to show how making decisions about materials early enough to apply Quality by Design (QbD) principles widens the scope of possibilities,” explained Steve Duckworth, Global Head of Marketing & Business Development. “We are known for color, but we also demonstrate what can be done to add new properties to polymers, such as medical-grade ABS, and widen the application possibilities for what is already an excellent resin.”

The MEVOPUR functional compounds include the following:

  • ABS anti-scratch, which preserves a product's visual appeal by reducing the appearance of scratches, helping devices look good for longer.
  • ABS anti-static compounds are particularly suited for drug-delivery devices, as they reduce surface resistivity and dissipate charges quickly, thereby eliminating sticking. Anti-static resins are available in opaque colors and in transparent methyl methacrylate-acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene.
  • ABS laser-welding transparent compounds feature transparent colors for both the laser transmitting and absorbing components.
  • ABS laser marking high-contrast compounds address the problem of achieving a high-contrast, dark mark on a light background. The new MEVOPUR ABS white compound optimizes the contrast, decreasing the time it takes to make a distinct mark.

All MEVOPUR materials are produced in three dedicated EN ISO 13485-2016 registered facilities and have been pre-tested to ensure compliance with common standards.

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