PolyOne Corporation and NEU Specialty Engineered Materials jointly announced that NEU’s collaboration with FinLumen Inc. (Beijing) has developed a minimally invasive surgical catheter that has better performance, processability, part quality and appearance. NEU, a leading provider of polymer solutions for healthcare device manufacturers worldwide, worked with Demax Medical Technology Co Ltd to develop a specialty material that meets end use and regulatory requirements while reducing scrap rates by 50%, according to the announcement.
“Catheters used for cardiac surgery require medical-grade polymers that can meet key criteria, including radiopacity. When we were unable to find suitable materials, we turned to NEU, a company known for custom solutions, processing expertise and extensive knowledge of medical device regulations,” said Bike Qiu, Chief Technology Officer, FinLumen. “The custom solution that NEU developed enabled us to improve the quality, performance and appearance of our catheters and reduce scrap while cutting overall costs for the customer.”
According to Engguan Soh, General Manager, PolyOne Engineered Materials Asia, “Our specialty solution enabled FinLumen to create a catheter that improves operational efficiency as well as performance. NEU specializes in extensive customization capabilities, which enables us to meet precise material requirements for demanding medical device applications. The key is close collaboration to understand the customer’s needs and develop a tailored solution.” PolyOne will be exhibiting the NEU solutions for surgical catheters at CHINAPLAS 2013, to be held from May 20-23 in Guangzhou, China.