There may be enough supply of Pebax medical-grade elastomer to meet some new product development this year in addition to historical requirements, Larry Acquarulo, CEO of Foster Corp. said in an interview with PlasticsToday.
Arkema, the producer of Pebax, declared a force majeure on Pebax last month because a fatal explosion March 31 dramatically cut supplies of CDT, a chemical used to make Pebax and nylon 12. Foster Corp. (Putnam, CT) is the exclusive North American distributor of Pebax MED.
"We're trying to provide everybody's needs 100% based on historical requirements and allow for some additional new development on a case-by-case basis," Acquarulo said. "Is there enough for automotive, absolutely not, but there is enough for medical, which consumes less than 10% of the total volume. Supplies will be available if customers can help us manage the inventory levels."