11/08/2007

Loparex

Loparex Launches new Medical Speciality Papers

LOPAWHITE Medi and LOPAFLEX Medi are the newest additions to Loparex's Speciality Papers product line. These high-quality sterilization paper grades have been developed for sterile medical and healthcare product packaging.

According to Business Director Pertti Romppainen, demand for medical products and sterilization papers is growing rapidly. With LOPAWHITE Medi and LOPAFLEX Medi, Loparex offers new high-quality alternatives to the market.

The product range includes dedicated grades for ethylene oxide, irradiation and steam sterilization methods:

LOPAWHITE™ Medi
- Machine Glazed (MG) paper, non-calendered
- Grammage range 60-70 g/m²
- For Ethylene Oxide (EO) / Irradiation Sterilization

LOPAWHITE™ MEDI S
- Properties as above, for Steam Sterilization

LOPAFLEX™ Medi
- Machine Glazed (MG) paper, calendered
- Grammage range 60-70 g/m²
- For Ethylene Oxide (EO) / Irradiation Sterilization

LOPAFLEX™ MEDI S
- Properties as above, for Steam Sterilization


"In Medical Industry, paper characteristics such as cleanliness, strength, porosity, wet strength properties and water absorption levels are all very strictly specified. LOPAWHITE Medi and LOPAFLEX Medi meet these requirements and comply with the international ISO 11607, EN 868-6 (Paper for Ethylene Oxide / Irradiation Sterilization) and EN 868-3 (Paper for Steam Sterilization) standards, and also with ISO 10993-5: Cytotoxicity", explains R&D Director Petri Niemi. "In addition, these papers have excellent sealability, peelability and printability properties."

“Loparex is a leading manufacturer of siliconized release papers and films, globally. We have a very long in-depth experience of the Medical Industry which is one of our main end-use markets for release liners. We have expertise in approval processes, standards, audits and other specific requirements of the Medical Industry", says Pertti Romppainen. "Our new medical papers have been developed in close co-operation with one of our major Medical industry customer in Europe."

Loparex's Speciality Papers are manufactured in the company's paper and converting plant in Lohja, Southern Finland. All products are FDA and BfR approved, and the plant is operated under ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14000 (Environment) and ISO 22000 (Hygiene) systems. Only high-quality, virgin wood fibres are used in the pulp mix. Continuous testing, analysis and quality control is practised on each run by Loparex's own, fully equipped laboratory.

LOPAWHITE Medi and LOPAFLEX Medi are presented at COMPAMED (November 14-16, 2007) in Düsseldorf, Germany. Loparex's stand in located in Hall 8B, stand number K11.

Loparex is a leading, global manufacturer of siliconised release papers, films, speciality papers and blown film. Our extensive product range has been developed to meet the demanding needs of various industries. Main end-use areas are medical and hygiene products, graphic arts, labels, tapes and packagings. Loparex plants are located in Asia, Europe and North America. The company’s turnover is approx. MEUR 400 and the number of employees about 1500. For more information, please visit www.loparex.com


For more information on Loparex's Speciality Papers for Medical Industry, please contact Business Director Pertti Romppainen, mobile +358 40 562 7609, e-mail pertti.romppainen@loparex.com.