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Foster Polymer Distribution Offers PMP Copolymer for Medical Mandrels and Release Films

PUTNAM, CT, USA - (July 8, 2015) - Foster Polymer Distribution, a business unit of Foster Corporation specializing in the distribution of medical polymers and additives, announces their official partnership with Mitsui Chemicals to distribute TPX polymethylpentene (PMP) olefin copolymer to the North American medical market.  The low surface tension of this olefin is ideally suited for mandrels used in the manufacturing precision medical tubing and release films for shipping and handling applications.

Foster Polymer Distribution Offers High Strength Polyamide For Medical Devices

PUTNAM, CT, USA - (April 7, 2015) - Foster Polymer Distribution, a business unit of Foster Corporation specializing in the distribution of medical polymers and additives, announces their official partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical to distribute MX Nylon to the North American medical market.  Mitsubishi’s MX Nylon, a meta-xylene diamine polyamide, offers excellent mechanical and barrier properties for molded components and devices, and medical packaging applications.

Foster Delivery Science To Build Facility For Manufacturing Drug Delivery Polymers

PUTNAM, CT USA - (September 17, 2014) - Foster Delivery Science, a business unit of Foster Corporation and leader in hot melt extrusion (HME) for pharmaceutical and medical device applications, has broken ground on a new facility to support increased demand for manufacturing drug delivery and implant polymer blends.

Foster Introduces LoPro Plus™ Nano Reinforced Compounds for Catheters

PUTNAM, CT,  USA - (June 5, 2014) - Foster Corporation, a leader in custom polymers for medical devices, introduces LoPro Plus™ radiopaque compounds reinforced with nanoparticles for improved pushability of thin wall catheters.  These compounds allow for extrusion of single layer tubes with radiopacity and strength properties equivalent to conventional two layer tubes, in which each layer provides the distinct properties.  LoPro Plus reduces material and inventory costs when compared to standard two layer constructions.

Foster LoPro Radiopaque Polyurethane is Detectable by X-ray and Optically Transparent

PUTNAM, CT,  USA - (May 6, 2013) - Foster Corporation, a leader in custom polymers for medical devices, offers LoPro Clear™, a radiopaque polyurethane that is both x-ray visible and optically transparent.  Catheters extruded from LoPro Clear™, can be located inside the body using fluoroscopy while fluid flow is visually monitored in the portion outside of the body. 

Foster Develops Heat and Light Stabilized Pebax that Resists Aging and UV Light

PUTNAM, CT,  USA - (April 3, 2014) - Foster Corporation, a leader in custom polymers for medical devices, introduces heat and light stabilized polyether block amide (PEBA) copolymers that resist oxidation and degradation during storage. Foster HLS™ formulations are manufactured from medical grade Pebax* polymers and USP VI additives for use in medical device applications such as vascular catheters.

Foster Introduces Online Polymer Purchases for Medical Device Product Development

PUTNAM, CT,  USA - (December 5, 2013) - Foster Polymer Distribution, a business unit of Foster Corporation that specializes in distribution of medical grade polymers, introduces a new website featuring on-line credit card purchases of medical polymers in single bag quantities.  This new service was developed to allow engineers and designers the ability quickly order materials for evaluation and expedite the product development process. 

Foster Corporation Ranked Among Fastest Growing Companies in North America

PUTNAM, CT - (November 15, 2013) - Foster Corporation today announced it ranked in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America.  Foster Corporation grew 145% percent from 2008 to 2012.

Foster Offers Non-Migratory Antistatic Polymers for Medical Applications

PUTNAM, CT  USA  - (October 29, 2013) -  Foster Corporation, a leader in custom polymers for medical devices, introduces static dissipative polymer blends specifically designed for medical devices and equipment. These blends use a non-migratory, polyether block amide (PEBA) polymer additive that retains continuous antistatic properties and cannot be wiped off with medical cleaning agents.  

Foster ProPell™ Compounds Improve Catheter Manufacturing in Low Durometer Polymers

PUTNAM, CT  USA - (June 18, 2013) - Foster Corporation, a leader in custom polymers for medical devices, introduces ProPell™ thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) and polyether block amide (PEBA) compounds for improved manufacturing and handling of medical catheters.  These new compounds dramatically reduce tackiness and friction in soft, flexible polymers while maintaining other physical properties of the unmodified polymers. 

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