Teknor Apex starts medical grade TPE production in Singapore

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Teknor Apex has expanded its supply of medical thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) in Asia having gained ISO-13485 certificate for its TPE production facility in Singapore.

In a 13 Feb statement, the supplier said that, up to now, only its US facilities were certified to produce its Medalist branded TPEs. With the recent achievement, compounds made in Singapore will have “the same properties as those from the US.”

This, said Stanly Tan, managing director of Teknor Apex Asia Pacific, will “save transit time and shipping costs in supplying the Asian market.”

The certificate comes at a time of “rapid innovation” for the Medalist product range, according to Serene Cheng, TPE business director at Teknor Apex.

This, said Cheng, includes new technologies for replacement of latex in films, extrusion blow moulding of bags and bottles, coating of wire and cable, calendering, and welding of bags and pouches.

According to the official, the company now offers a portfolio of compounds for medical tubing that provide “practical alternative to PVC” in terms of flexibility, clarity and properties such as resistance to kinking and necking, clamp resilience, and haptics.

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