PolyOne targets PVC as a polycarbonate replacement


PolyOne, a plastics supplier with $3 billion in sales last year, is boosting its focus on the medical market, and one specific target is replacement of polycarbonate alloys with PVC in housings for medical devices.

PVC's superior chemical resistance to polycarbonate is becoming more important as efforts escalate to disinfect medical equipment, said Charles Kutchin, global industry director-healthcare at PolyOne in an interview with PlasticsToday.

"The major hassle for our customers to solve has been the cost and failure rate associated with the chemical crazing of polycarbonate," Kutchin said. Problems include service calls for damaged devices, warranty claims and product returns. "We think we are bringing a unique solution with vinyl."...
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