DSM: New engineering materials to improve medical care

DSM is launching a new portfolio of engineering materials for medical devices. The new portfolio of medical grades was developed to address growing customer demand for advanced material solutions. It is intended to build upon and complement the company’s biomedical business.

“Improving health and quality of life around the world is a core pillar of our business,” said Shruti Singhal, President of DSM Engineering Materials “With our customers increasingly leveraging our advanced material solutions to improve the performance and sustainability of various medical devices, we are now taking the next step as we launch a portfolio of materials rigorously tested to adhere to the highest global quality and safety standards for medical applications.”

The new family include:

  • Arnitel Care polyester-based thermoplastic elastomer (TPC)
  • Arnite Care polybutylene terephthalate (PBT)
  • ForTii Care polyphthalamide (PPA)
DSM is launching a new portfolio of engineering materials for medical devices (Source: DSM)

The materials are intended for use in a broad range of important non-invasive medical devices. They have been tested to meet or exceed important global standards such as U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) food contact compliance, ISO-10993, and United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Class VI standards.

Arnitel Care L225E, L140E, L345E
Key properties include breathability, durability and chemical resistance. Typical applications are breathable films, respiratory tubing, wound care, and soft touch components such as wearable medical devices.

Arnitel Care 155E
This is a strong, flexible and chemical resistant 55 Shore D extrusion grade. Typical applications include medical and respiratory tubing.

Arnite Care T1U
Key properties are high-purity, mechanical strength, low moisture uptake, and excellent chemical resistance. Typical applications are durable thermoplastic medical device components (e.g., inhalers and minimally-invasive surgical tools).

ForTii Care P1G6
Key properties are mechanical strength, stiffness, high-temperature performance, and chemical resistance. Typical applications ofthis PPA are metal replacements and minimally-invasive surgical tools.