Solvay introduces new medical grade of Ixef PARA polymer for single-use surgical instruments and biopharma processing components; product offers low friction and wear for equipment with moving parts

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April 6, 2022 (press release) –

Solvay, a leading global supplier of specialty polymers, has introduced a new medical grade of Ixef® PARA for single-use surgical instruments and biopharma processing components with rotating parts. Ixef® GS-5022 brings increased lubrication to the well-known combination of mechanical properties and ultra-smooth finish associated with Ixef® GS-1022, already widely used in healthcare applications.

“Ixef® GS-5022 has been developed to meet customer needs for single-use instruments with moving parts that require smooth, minimum force movement and reduced noise,” said Guruprasad Sivakumar, Head of Healthcare Marketing at Solvay. “The increased level of lubrication makes Ixef® GS-5022 the ideal solution wherever you expect to have high friction in surgical instruments such as stent crimpers or components of single-use instruments functioning at high rotational speeds.”

Ixef® GS-5022 is an ideal solution to replace metal due to its unique combination of tensile and flexural strength with an aesthetic, ultra-smooth finish. It is also compatible with hospital disinfectants and resistant to high energy gamma radiation without significant changes to its original appearance or physical properties. Therefore, parts made from Ixef® GS-5022 can be gamma sterilized in bulk leading to reduced costs, enabling the production of affordable disposable surgical instruments or components for biopharma processing.

The resin demonstrates no evidence of cytotoxicity, sensitization, intracutaneous reactivity, pyrogenicity, or acute systemic toxicity, based on biocompatibility testing as defined by ISO 10993-1

About Solvay
Solvay is a science company whose technologies bring benefits to many aspects of daily life. With more than 21,000 employees in 63 countries, Solvay bonds people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress. The Group seeks to create sustainable shared value for all, notably through its Solvay One Planet roadmap crafted around three pillars: protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering a better life. The Group’s innovative solutions contribute to safer, cleaner, and more sustainable products found in homes, food and consumer goods, planes, cars, batteries, smart devices, health care applications, water and air purification systems. Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three companies for the vast majority of its activities and delivered net sales of €10.1 billion in 2021. Solvay is listed on Euronext Brussels and Paris (SOLB). Learn more at www.solvay.com.

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