Elasto Sweden, a medical TPE specialist, has opened an office in Belgium to “support growing demand for its Mediprene TPE compounds”. Elasto Sweden is part of the Hexpol TPE family and operates the group’s centre of excellence for thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) for medical applications.
“High quality materials, produced under consistent conditions with a strict raw material selection policy, all backed by specialist technical support, this is what we’ve built our medical strategy on,” said Niklas Ottosson, Medical Technical Manager at Elasto.
“We have a team of development engineers, production operators, quality assurance and account managers dedicated to our medical customers. Our strong heritage in this sector gives us a comprehensive understanding of medical device regulations and requirements, such as; traceability, reproducibility and formulation stability” said Dr Kjell Fagerström, Managing Director at Elasto Sweden.
“We have now added to this resource with the appointment of Guido Heinen as Key Account Manager – medical. Guido comes to us with nine years’ experience in the polymer industry. He speaks German, French, English, Dutch and Spanish. Our new office and team in Belgium will give our medical customers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux local support when and where they need it” said Fagerström.
Elasto Sweden began working with a number of international OEMs on TPEs for medical applications over 20 years ago. Since then the group has seen year on year growth of its medical sales under the Mediprene product brand. It was the first European TPE compounder to achieve ISO 13485 accreditation in 2007. Mediprene thermoplastic elastomers for medical device applications are sterilizable with gamma, EtO and steam and representative grades have passed cytotoxicity tests according to ISO 10993-5 and biocompatibility tests according to USP Class VI.
Mediprene thermoplastic elastomers are PVC, silicone and latex free, making them allergen free and a viable alternative to PVC based compounds.