The Solviva line includes Zeniva polyetheretherketone, which has found applications in the spinal fusion sector because of its modulus, toughness, and fatigue resistance; Proniva self-reinforced polyphenylene; Veriva polyphenylsulfone; and Eviva polysulfone. The materials complement Solvay's current healthcare offerings in Brazil, which include medical polymers for nonimplantable uses.
The move into Brazil follows expansion of the biomaterials line in China in January, 2013, via its facility in Shanghai. Solvay will serve the Brazilian market from its São Paulo facility. The company is looking at other expansions in key geographic regions.
The thermoplastics are manufactured at the company's Alpharetta facility in compliance with ISO 13485 and current good manufacturing practices. The sterilizable materials are available in resin form for injection molding or extrusion, as well as in stock shapes for machined components.