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Solvay brings Solviva biomaterials to Brazil

Solvay Specialty Polymers (Alpharetta, GA) is making its Solviva biomaterials line commercially available in Brazil for the first time. Initially launched in the United States and Europe, the company has introduced the materials in China and now Brazil to serve an expanding global healthcare market, the company told PlasticsToday. "It became appropriate for us to support multinational medical device companies selling and producing globally as well as domestic players in the given regions," a company spokesperson said.

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.

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