The VTC TPE Group, the thermoplastic elastomer division of the Vita Compounding Group, has added to their Mediprene range with a remarkable, ultrasoft Zero Shore A rated TPE compound. Manufactured at the group’s Swedish site, VTC Elastoteknik, the grade has been specifically developed for the medical device market including respiratory and wound care applications.
The unique softness of the new compound will enhance patient care by avoiding the irritation and discomfort which can be caused by traditional, more rigid materials. Mediprene compounds are also completely synthetic and thus latex free, avoiding potential allergy risks.
The sophisticated engineered properties of Mediprene TPE offer advanced design flexibility; it can be coloured and is available in transparent and translucent grades ranging from Zero Shore A to 62 Shore D. All Mediprene grades are based on medically approved raw materials and representative grades have passed cytotoxicity tests according to ISO 10993-5 and are compliant with USP Class VI. Mediprene standard compounds show excellent adhesion when co-moulded or co-extruded to PE and PP.
Managing director of the VTC TPE Group, Per G. Hellberg, commented: “We are committed to bringing exciting new materials to market; the development of our Mediprene range demonstrates the advanced properties of thermoplastic elastomers and the myriad of design opportunities our compounds support.”
The VTC TPE Group will be showcasing the latest exciting advances in Mediprene at CompaMed 2008 Hall 8B stand M10