K 2013: Styrolution tackles flexible PVC replacement

Styrolution, the two-year-old German-based supplier of styrenic plastics, is working with a leading medical supply producer to develop flexible styrenics that can replace flexible PVC in collection and infusion bags, medical tubing, and multilayer tubes.

Fruits of the collaboration are on display at the Styrolution stand (5/C24) at K2013.

Styroflex, a styrenic block copolymer that is elastomeric, is used in the components on display as an alternative to PVC plasticized with phthalates, which have come under attack by some critics who say they are unsafe.

A multilayer film on display in the booth mates the styrenic block copolymer with polymers such as olefins in an effort to overcome some of the material's weak points, such as a low softening temperature, an official of Styrolution told Plastics Today in an interview....

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