Kraton: Alternative to PVC in Medical Applications23 Jun 2009 • by Natalie Aster
Kraton Polymers (Houston, Texas / USA; www.kraton.com) has commercialised its "G1645" polymer that offers an alternative to PVC in medical applications. Kraton says the material is a clear, strong elastomer with a Shore A hardness of around 35, which can be sterilised and offers a broad formulating window without the need for phthalate plasticisers.
It can be processed into blown and cast films, in standard extrusion equipment and offers high puncture resistance – required in many medical applications. It is available as a free flowing dense pellet and can easily be directly blended or coextruded with polyolefins.
Source: Plastics Information Europe