Borealis and Borouge introduces new PP copolymer for medical and diagnostic devices

Borealis Bormed BJ868MOBorealis and Borouge have developed Borealis Bormed BJ868MO – a high flow, heterophasic polypropylene copolymer used for the production of medical and diagnostic devices.

The announcement for this new extension i.e. Bormed BJ868MO to the Borealis family of polyethylene and polypropylene products was made last week at Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West in Anaheim, CA, and Pharmapack 2019 in Paris.

The purpose for development of Borealis Bormed BJ868MO was to enable Borealis and Borouge healthcare customers to achieve full regulatory compliance in the production of medical and diagnostic devices such as pipettes. Bormed BJ868MO falls under the category of the Bormed Concept which guarantees Borealis and Borouge customers a secured and long-term supply of materials in compliance with European, U.S. Pharmacopeia and ISO standards. The Bormed Concept has an added advantage of a two-year pre-notification period wherein customers are informed of any changes to the product. Also, long-term product traceability is ensured with the help of quality control data and samples.

The collaborated efforts of Borealis and Borouge have resulted in the production of a new benchmark in in-vitro diagnostics materials. However, Premix Oy and a leading medical diagnostics company have also partnered for this successful launch.

Premix Oy is a manufacturer of electrically conductive and high-frequency plastics based in Finland. Since the early 1990s, Proprietary PRE-ELEC Premix compounds have been used in automated liquid handling applications because these electrically conductive plastic compounds enable extremely accurate liquid level detection and they are now widely used in in vitro diagnostics to ensure precise measurement.

Borealis Bormed BJ868MO forms the base for a new electrically conductive compound used in the production of high-precision pipettes. Apart from this, the material offers several advantages:

  • High impact resistance minimizes the risk of breakage for the end user
  • High impact resistance also ensures good drop performance of the final device in varying conditions (at refrigerator, deep freezer and sub-zero temperatures)
  • Superior high flow enables fast and easy mould filling; flow length-wall thickness ratios of up to 300 provide for very good dimensional stability

Lower holding pressures, lower processing temperatures and faster cycle times enhance sustainability thanks to reduced energy consumption and CO2 emissions

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