Colorite Cellene TPE compounds are gaining traction as medical device manufacturers seek alternatives to PVC and silicone.
Colorite, a Tekni-Plex business unit specializing in custom medical-grade compounds, says its Cellene line of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds can help companies proactively address new regulatory dynamics around the globe.
“We have seen the development pipeline increase three-fold since our North American launch approximately a year ago,” explained Heath Schmid, director of business development, advanced materials, Colorite. “The material is gaining traction globally in a number of applications — such as drip chambers, IV, and peristaltic pump tubing — looking for alternatives to PVC and silicone.”
Although PVC compounds still garner the majority of market share, TPE alternatives are suited for those desiring non-phthalate containing materials.
“Many companies are trying to proactively address new regulatory dynamics, both in the United States and in many other global regions,” said Schmid. “Some healthcare systems are already implementing strategic initiatives for phthalate-free patient environments.”
Cellene TPEs are suitable for a variety of uses in medical devices, packaging, and other regulated markets. Cellene compounds are formulated to be silicone, latex, phthalate, halogen, and PVC-free using FDA-compliant raw materials to meet USP Class VI and ISO 10993 standards.
(Source: Tekni-Plex, Inc.)