Sean Fenske: What technology or service are you emphasizing at Medica/CompaMed this year?
Ian Kenny: Many companies are trying to proactively address new regulatory dynamics around the world. Pressure is being applied by healthcare systems that are already implementing strategic initiatives for phthalate-free patient environments. TPEs are being viewed as a replacement for PVC in applications where phthalate- or plasticizer-free materials are desired.
As a result, we have engineered our Cellene thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compound line, which is suitable for a wide variety of uses in medical devices, packaging, and other regulated markets. Cellene compounds are formulated to be silicone-, latex-, phthalate-, halogen-, and PVC-free using FDA-compliant raw materials to meet USP Class VI and ISO 10993 standards.
Fenske: What’s the most common challenge customers inquire about and how do you address it?
Kenny: Changes in regulations and market conditions are prompting medical device manufacturers to look for solutions for non-phthalate PVC compounds or alternatives to PVC. To address this need, we offer a non-phthalate line of PVC compounds, as well as our Cellene range mentioned previously. The Cellene TPE compound line is ideal for medical device manufacturers looking for alternatives to PVC, phthalate-plasticized compounds, and various rubber materials.
Fenske: If you could give one piece of advice to companies seeking a manufacturing partner before they make a decision, what would it be?
Kenny: What type of experience does the supplier have with medical compounds? Do they have a strong track record of successful medical company partnerships?
Fenske: What are the forces driving medical device manufacturers to seek your technology/services over doing it in-house?
Kenny: Creating compounds suitable for disposable medical devices requires significant technology-based expertise. Typically, medical device companies don’t have the expertise to create compounds in-house.
Fenske: In what ways is your company able to aid in getting a product (project) to market faster?
Kenny: Because of Colorite’s significant global expertise and manufacturing footprint, we are positioned to meet the demands of challenging go-to-market timelines.
Colorite, a Tekni-Plex business, is located at Medica/Compamed in Hall 6, Booth/Stand H30.