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26. September 2019

Albis: Less CO2 thanks to greener products, safer healthcare applications, and digitisation

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Albis Hall 8b Stand A61

As a leading distributor and compounder of technical thermoplastics and thermoplastic elastomers, the Hamburg-based company Albis Plastic will be showcasing products and exhibits by long-term partners like BASF, Covestro, Ineos Styrolution, Lanxess, LyondellBasell, Eastman and Solvay, as well as its own collection of complimentary Albis branded products.

Medical grade plastics in line with VDI guidelines ensure customer safety

With Alcom Med, Albis has expanded its product portfolio to include tailor-made compounds for health care applications such as medical products, pharmaceutical packaging, and diagnostic applications. These products are based on a variety of different polymers and include pigmentation as well as a wide range of fillers.

"We are seeing a continuously growing demand from the processing industry for compounds that both comply with the regulatory requirements and offer customer specific material solutions," says Mike Freudenstein, Director of Marketing Healthcare at Albis. "Alcom Med means we can guarantee our customers' production with strict quality criteria and offer close project support through our experienced healthcare specialists." Besides focusing on the technical features of its products, Albis is also emphasizing service aspects like consistent formulas, dedicated change management, and regulatory support, for example as regards biological evaluations of materials.

These are consistent with the recently agreed VDI 2017 guidelines. Albis, along with reputable experts from the medical and pharmaceutical sectors, and large globally active plastics manufacturers, was significantly involved in drawing up these guidelines. They define and describe what should be understood by the term medical grade plastics and which properties and requirements are significant for plastics that are to be used in medical products. They assist raw material manufacturers and producers to create plastic products with consistent formula, quality, biocompatability and supply security. "We are proud to be part of the initiative. It increases the safety of healthcare products and helps to prevent user complaints," says Freudenstein.

The latest developments in the healthcare sector will be discussed at the 5th Albis Healthcare Lounge on 15 October 2019 (10 am - 6 pm, Hotel Melia, Inselstraße 2, Düsseldorf). On the agenda will be presentations by a leading global polymer manufacturer, information about "medical grade plastics", current developments around the regulations for medical devices (MDR) and interesting facts about sterilization in the healthcare sector.

Contact for registration: healthcare@albis.com

Competence in TPE

Albis Plastic supplies a broad portfolio of thermoplastic elastomers. These include a proprietary series and products from leading international suppliers.

  • Albis’ Alfater XL TPVs can be tailored to various applications in automotive (air ducts, spoilers, inlay mats, bump stops), construction (profiles, window seals), and industry (handles, wheels, rollers). There a various types for food contact (EU, BfR & FDA) available. Alfater XL grades show good adhesion to various polymers. There are special polyamide bonding grades available.
  • Evoprene, supplied by Mexichem and Solplast, supplied by Uteksol, are based on SBS, SEBS, and SEEPS block copolymers for applications in domestic appliances (handles and soft touch applications), vacuum cups, seals, tubing and sleeves, and many more. Albis has recently complemented its portfolio with new flame retardant Solplast grades.
  • Sipolprene TPC supplied by Sipol is particularly suitable for all injection moulding technologies. Special types for blow moulding or extrusion applications complete the portfolio. The TPCs are especially characterised by constant mechanical properties over a wide temperature range. These make them an ideal material for different applications e.g. in the automotive or in the construction industry, such as bellows, axle boots, vibration and shock absorbing parts.
  • Desmopan and Texin are TPUs supplied by Covestro. The outstanding feature of Desmopan is its excellent wear and scratch resistance. For applications with food contact there are types available which meet the relevant EU and FDA standards. Texin are special TPU types for the healthcare and medical sector. These are produced in accordance with strict requirements of respective industries and fulfill all relevant regulations e.g. in terms of biocompatibility according to USP class VI or ISO 10993-1.

Albis will furthermore present its expanded range of recycling and bio-based products.

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