Avient Launches Animal Derivative-free TPEs for Medical Devices

Avient Corporation announces the addition of eight new grades to its healthcare portfolio of Versaflex™ thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). The injection-moldable Versaflex™ HC 3810 series is formulated without animal derivatives and offers a wide range of durometers to serve a variety of medical device applications.

standing Properties and Performance

Commercially available in North America, the new specialty Versaflex grades are translucent and offer excellent colorability. They are well suited for over-molding on polypropylene. Example applications for 20-50 Shore A grades include ergonomic grips, strain relief components, handles, gaskets, and seals. Grades in the 60-90 Shore A durometer range can be used for IV connector caps, diagnostic testing devices, endoscopic caps, and similar applications.

Versaflex 3810 materials can be used with gamma and autoclave sterilization methods. All eight grades in the new series are also ISO 10993-4 and -5, REACH SVHC, and RoHS compliant.

“OEMs and medical molders need high-performing material solutions for use with various medical device and healthcare applications,” said Jean-Paul Scheepens, general manager, Americas, Specialty Engineered Materials at Avient. “Rooted in the technology of our proven Versaflex portfolio, this series delivers reliable performance and expands on material options formulated without animal derivatives, an increasingly common requirement for healthcare products.”