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22nd March 2018, Hamburg

Velox and Solvay start cooperation

Ixef PARA, distributed by Velox in Europe, is suited as metal replacement in single-use medical instruments. © SolvayVelox, one of Europe’s leading solution providers of raw material specialities for the plastics, composites, additives and paint and coatings industries, has entered into a new distribution partnership with Solvay, a leading supplier of specialty polymers, headquartered in Brussels.

Velox will be distributing the healthcare grades of Ixef PARA, a special polyarylamide containing 50% glass fibres and best-suited for the development of medical devices as single-use surgical tools.

“We are very pleased to have gained Solvay, a world-renowned company, as our partner and are looking forward to a very successful cooperation,” said François Minec, General Manager at Velox. “With Ixef PARA we have added a unique product to our medical plastics portfolio, complementing our already wide range of speciality products.”

“Velox is very experienced in the medical and pharmaceutical plastics market in Europe and has established a versatile, sustainable network. We are full of trust in this partnership and are looking forward to it,” commented Daniel Stoecker, Channel Partners Manager EMEA, at Solvay.

Ixef PARA by Solvay provides great aesthetics, strength and rigidity to medical products. © SolvayIxef PARA is best-suited for the development of complex parts requiring both strength and a smooth, beautiful surface, according to the manufacturer. Even with glass loadings of 50%, the material insures a high-gloss, glass-free finish. As a very high-flow resin, Ixef PARA can fill walls as thin as 0.5 mm.

“This unique product has great mechanical properties perfect for metal replacement, for instance in single-use instruments,” highlighted Anja Flossbach, Product Manager for Ixef PARA at Velox. Operators can thereby eliminate central service costs associated with the sterilisation of reusable instruments. Further benefits are said to be weight reduction and accordingly cost savings, as well as a great level of design freedom.

Ixef PARA is biocompatible according to ISO 10993. Velox offers the material in different gamma stabilised colours.

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