Solvay has named Foster Corporation, which supplies polymers to the medical and pharmaceutical industry, as its North American distributor of KetaSpire PEEK and AvaSpire PAEK polyketone based polymers. This will include unmodified polymers and standard color formulations currently offered by Solvay.

Foster already distributes Solvay’s Radel polyphenylsulfone (PPSU), Udel polysulfone (PSU), and Ixef polyarylamide (PARA).

PEEK and PAEK medical grade polyketone based polymers reportedly have improved heat resistance and hydrolytic stability and can maintain mechanical properties in reusable applications when exposed to multiple steam sterilization cycles as well as other sterilization techniques. Both polymers are biocompatible (USP Class VI and ISO 10993) and biostable.

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