Flexible and transparent innovation for medical tubing
Frankfurt, Germany – February 12, 2014 – Microspec, the market leader in medical tubing, has earned a global reputation for extruding the most complex tubing in the industry. The company partnered with global styrenics leader Styrolution to replace PVC for its highly flexible multi-lumen tubing which makes it possible to administer different medications from one access point. The Styrolution solution offers better clarity than PVC, low drug absorption and unique processability.
Styrolux resins are a range of thermoplastic styrene-butadiene copolymers (SBC). One of the outstanding characteristics of Styrolux copolymers is their combination of high transparency, brilliance and impact resistance. The good miscibility of Styrolux and polystyrene allows adjustment to the desired toughness, while at the same time reducing material costs. Styrolux can be extruded, thermoformed and injection molded into a variety of high-quality products.
Tim Steele, Manager at Microspec:
"Styrolution offered Microspec a truly innovative solution that gave us the flexibility to not only create a more complex, multi-lumen structure for our product but also to meet industry medical tubing requirements to replace PVC and eliminate plasticizer migration. The long-term formulations Styrolution offers through its HD Service Package was also a decisive factor for Microspec."
Alexander Silvestre, global industry lead, healthcare and diagnostic, Styrolution:
"Microspec is well respected within the medical industry as an undisputed leader and innovator in the extrusion of complex medical tubing. The Styrolution team is proud of the results of our collaborative innovation with Microspec and looks forward to our continued cooperation."
ABOUT INEOS STYROLUTION
INEOS Styrolution is the leading, global styrenics supplier with a focus on styrene monomer, polystyrene, ABS Standard and styrenic specialties. With world-class production facilities and more than 85 years of experience, INEOS Styrolution helps its customers succeed by offering the best possible solution, designed to give them a competitive edge in their markets. The company provides styrenic applications for many everyday products across a broad range of industries, including automotive, electronics, household, construction, healthcare, toys/sports/leisure, and packaging. In 2015, sales were at 5 billion euros. INEOS Styrolution employs approximately 3,100 people and operates 15 production sites in nine countries.