Ultrapolymers expands medical-grade plastics portfolio

Ultrapolymers' medical plasticsPan-European polymers distributor Ultrapolymers (Lommel, Belgium) has expanded its portfolio of materials for the medical device and pharmaceuticals industries. The company announced today that it has extended the scope of its distribution agreement for INEOS Styrolution Styrenic Specialties to cover Europe. Ultrapolymers' distribution portfolio now also includes Lyondellbasell's newest Purell polyolefin resins, Purell EP370S and Purell RP375R.

With these new products, Ultrapolymers enlarges its existing range of material solutions for healthcare applications, which is supported with technical expertise as well as design and processing experience, to help bring new products to market faster and with more confidence, said the company.

Where transparency is key in pharmaceutical packaging, stiffness and impact performance are crucial in the design of medical devices. Ultrapolymers' new polymer introductions address both requirements.

INEOS Styrolution's transparent Styrenic Specialties include Terlux HD, Styrolux, NAS, Zylar, K-Resin and Styroflex. Novodur HD and Luran HD are the preferred options for applications that require stiffness and strength. INEOS Styrolution Specialties instills confidence by offering consistency of formulation and security of supply, added Ultrapolymers.

Lyondellbasell's Purell EP370S is a nucleated polypropylene copolymer combining stiffness with low-temperature impact resistance and flow properties. It aims to close an existing gap within this material class, opening up new options for thin-walled medical equipment and labware as well as dental applications.

Purell RP375R is a polypropylene random copolymer featuring high flowability, transparency and a tailored additive package for gamma/X-ray irradiation and sterilization. It was developed in response to increasing gamma sterilization dosages typically applied in applications such as labware, medical devices, syringes and injection pen components, and medical and pharmaceutical packaging and diagnostics.

Both materials are phthalate free.


The next rendezvous for plastics professionals and the medical device supply chain happens in Cleveland, OH, on March 7 and 8, 2018. UBM America’s newest design and manufacturing trade show and conference, Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) Expo showcases five zones—medical manufacturing, plastics, packaging, automation and robotics, and design and manufacturing. A full slate of conference sessions will explore innovations in advanced manufacturing. Go to the ADM Cleveland website to learn more and to register to attend.

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