PARIS (Feb. 22, 12:30 p.m. ET) — At the Pharmapack trade show in Paris, Clariant International Ltd. told European Plastics News about its range of new products designed to help manufacturers of medical products improve productivity and lower costs.
“The industry is currently under great pressure as raw material costs are going up all the time,” head of medical and pharmaceutical Steve Duckworth said in an interview. “For example, for manufacturers of white medical bottles, the cost of the titanium oxide, which is needed to make the white color, has gone up 50 percent.”
Clariant has therefore come up with a range of products designed to help medical manufacturers lower costs, including the Mevopur range, launched for the first time at Pharmapack 2012.
Mevopur additives are designed to boost efficiency and therefore reduce cost. For example, Mevopur nucleants help reduce cycle times by up to 12 percent, said Duckworth.
“You can use these nucleants on several materials, including PP,” he added. It improves crystalinity which improves stiffness, enabling manufacturers to reduce wall thickness.”
Duckworth said Clariant has also developed a new range of colors for cyclic olefins, which are often used to replace in glass in medical packaging applications.
“People want a variety of different colors in these applications, amber, greens, blues, sometimes pinks, but manufacturers often have problems with the color changing during radiation sterilization, which can change the properties of the material,” he said. “So we also offer additive technology to resolve this.”
Looking forward, Duckworth said Clariant's medical and pharmaceutical unit is on track for profitability.
“Clariant as a company is now focusing on business opportunities where we can differentiate ourselves and we have identified medical and pharma as a high growth market,” he said.