Natvar highlights microextrusion, silicone medical tubing solutions at NPE

Natvar, a Tekni-Plex business unit, will exhibit the latest medical tubing innovations at NPE, May 7-11, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, in Booth S27195.

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Natvar highlights microextrusion, silicone medical tubing solutions at NPE
Natvar highlights microextrusion, silicone medical tubing solutions at NPE

Natvar, a Tekni-Plex business unit, will exhibit the latest medical tubing innovations at NPE, May 7-11, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, in Booth S27195. Natvar will be joined by Tekni-Plex’s latest acquisition, Dunn Industries.

This year, the NPE show will be including a focus on “Plastics Saves Lives.” Organizers point out that “the fast-growing field of medical plastics is transforming healthcare as we know it. From barrier technology to new medical tooling, plastics manufacturers are helping save lives every day.” NPE is encouraging attendees to “explore the world of medical manufacturing and the many ways the plastics industry creates lifesaving products and devices.”

As a manufacturer of innovative medical solutions, Natvar will be exhibiting at NPE as a first-time participant. Microextrusion tubing has been developed in recent years to service a wide variety of demanding neurovascular interventional therapies and surgical applications. Natvar’s new microextrusion medical tubing can be made from cost-effective thermoplastics and other highly-engineered materials. Because it can consistently hold tight tolerances, it is an ideal alternative to more expensive materials such as glass and fluoropolymers.

Natvar’s technical expertise enables it to microextrude monolayer, coextruded, multi-lumen tubing or profiles in a variety of thermoplastic (PVC, urethanes, TPEs) materials and wall thicknesses ranging from .003 to .005 inches. It can be coextruded in up to four layers.

In addition to manufacturing in North America, Natvar products are also being supported by the company’s new China manufacturing plant. The new facility has been backed by a $15 million investment to support the growing needs of the Asia-Pacific pharmaceutical and medical device markets, as well as to provide a secondary supply source for other regions.

Natvar also is announcing the global availability of its high-precision medical silicone extrusion tubing, typically used for catheters, feeding tubes, drug delivery and peristaltic pump applications. Natvar’s latest investment in expanded silicone extrusion capacity helps provide a one-stop global solution for complex medical applications and supports the growing need for biological compatibility for implantable medical devices.

Dunn Industries, a Tekni-Plex business unit, manufactures medical tubing with outer diameters as small as 0.008 inches (outer diameter) x 0.004-inches (inner diameter) and as large as 0.480 inches for a wide variety of applications. Products include single and multi-lumen, coextruded, striped or braided. Applications range from simple, single lumen catheters used for drainage, to complex, multi- lumen applications for coronary angioplasty and drug delivery devices.

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