Medical plastics manufacturer Tekni-Plex has opened an extra silicone tubing extrusion line to the company’s Suzhou manufacturing factory in China. Tekni-Plex has taken this strategic move with an aim to push its capacity and to be able to offer products in smaller sizes too.
The upcoming tubing capability range has 0.2-25 mm inside diameter, with wall thickness ranging from 0.10-3.0 mm, and tolerances to minimum possible +/- 0.03 mm. The manufacturing form has decided to roll out this expended range of Navtar single-lumen silicon tubing with an intention to be able to better cater to a an array of applications related to medical pump, such as peristaltic and PCA pumps.
Silicone tubing is capable of enduring diverse types of chemicals and temperatures, while keeping the flexibility and strength intact. The tube’s wall thickness should precisely fit the space between the pump roller & housing, as even a slight difference or irregularity in the thickness of the wall can lessen the life span of a pump. The company’s silicon tubing provides tolerances as low as +/- 0.03 mm.
Tekni-Plex business Natvar general manager, Bob Donohue said that they have decided to offer silicon tubing with tight tolerances from their Suzhou manufacturing facility as it would be easily allure the region wide pump makers, who can use them to combine their medical devices. The new line will also benefit pump manufacturers facing challenges in sourcing top-notch tubing. Further, their Chinese manufacturing capability is highly supported by worldwide technology base of Tekni-Plex.
In 2017, the Suzhou facility was opened to meet the increasing demands from the Asia-Pacific medical device and pharmaceutical markets, and also to serve as secondary supplier to the surrounding regions. The facility was backed by a $15 million investment.
Medical flexible packaging is of high interest for manufacturers operating in different industries owing to their myriad benefits, including low waste, easy shipping, and product protection, along with the ability to cut weight of packaging by roughly 70%. A recent report anticipates that the global sales of medical flexible packaging will account for more than US$ 25,000 Mn revenues by the end of 2022. Medical flexible packaging offers product and price differentiation to consumer, thereby triggers hygiene and health preservation of medical devices.
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