Styron Introduces Two Resins for Medical Devices Including Next-Generation Radiation-Stabilized CALIBRE MEGARAD

Styron Introduces Two Resins for Medical Devices Including Next-Generation Radiation-Stabilized CALIBRE MEGARAD

Celebrates 25 Years of CALIBRE™ MEGARAD™ Polycarbonate

Berwyn, PA - Monday, February 13, 2012

Styron, the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber, is celebrating 25 years of CALIBRE™ MEGARAD™ Polycarbonate Resins, and introducing two resins at MD&M West, February 13 – 16, Anaheim, CA:

  • CALIBRE™ MEGARAD™ 2091 Polycarbonate Resins: next-generation material for single-use medical devices requiring gamma or electron-beam irradiation
  • EMERGE™ PC/PET 9500CR Advanced Resins: superior chemical and ignition resistance blend for powered medical equipment housings

To support their qualification, Styron is offering bag quantity samples of these grades to customers through its new Medical Grade Stock Sample Program. Products will be available globally and also be presented at MEDTEC Europe in Stuttgart, Germany from March 13 – 15.

CALIBRE MEGARAD 2091 Polycarbonate Resins

Single-use medical devices often require gamma or electron-beam sterilization. CALIBRE™ MEGARAD™ 2091 Polycarbonate Resins use patented color-compensation technology to offer dramatic improvement in color recovery timing following irradiation. This allows manufacturers to reduce inventory hold time and introduce products for functional use 10 to 21 days sooner than with current radiation-stabilized polycarbonate.

The material also allows sterilization facilities to consider an oxygen-free environment, which creates unique product differentiation for the customer while managing final color expectations.

CALIBRE™ MEGARAD™ Polycarbonate Resins are a proven material with a track record of superior performance over the last 25 years.

EMERGE™ PC/PET 9500CR Advanced Resins

Powered medical devices require housing materials that are chemical and ignition resistant. EMERGE™ PC/PET 9500CR Advanced Resin, is an advanced polycarbonate polyethylene terephthalate blend that balances these properties and protects the electrical components of equipment from chemical attacks.

EMERGE™ PC/PET 9500CR Advanced Resins provide excellent resistance to chemicals that can attack plastic surfaces, which often lead to crazing, cracking, and eventual product failure. This extends the functionality, reliability and lifecycle of medical equipment.

Available in Natural and custom color options, the resins have a UL 94 rating of V0 @ 2.0 mm.

Styron offers a portfolio of CALIBRE™ Polycarbonate Resins for single- and multiple-use medical devices and EMERGE™ Advanced Resins for medical housings applications. The company’s flagship product – radiation-stabilized CALIBRE™ MEGARAD™ Polycarbonate Resins - has remained a leading choice for single-use devices for over two decades.

“One of our most important differences as a supplier is our service model,” said Martin Lindway, Global Marketing Manager. “Styron is of the right scale for those Medical OEMs and molders who prefer a level of personalized and strategic support to help them differentiate their products while remaining focused on the compliancy requirements that are so important in this industry.”

About Styron

Styron is a leading global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber, dedicated to collaborating with customers to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions. Styron's technology solutions are used by customers in industries such as home appliances, automotive, building & construction, carpet, commercial transportation, consumer electronics, consumer goods, electrical & lighting, medical, packaging, paper & paperboard, rubber goods and tires. Styron had approximately USD 6 billion in revenue in 2011, with 20 manufacturing sites around the world, and 2100 employees.

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