Integra Companies' ColorGrip® Gasket Rings Are Made of Solvay's Radel® PPSU for Biopharma Processing

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ALPHARETTA, Ga., December 12, 2012– Color-coded ColorGrip® gaskets from Integra Companies, Devens, Mass., feature colored locator rings made of Radel® polyphenylsulfone (PPSU) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC, for high-purity fluid handling applications for the biopharmaceutical industry. The locator rings made of Radel® PPSU are more chemically resistant and offer better sterilization than those made of competing plastics while also boasting colorability and extended service life.

The injection molded locator rings solve common installation problems by aligning the gasket, which is made of EPDM elastomer, on the ferrule face. The grip design also improves installation by freeing up the hands for assembling the clamp. The Radel® PPSU locator ring is available in eight color options to provide external identification. Color coding can be easily used to segregate process fluids, identify essential processes, or to simplify preventative maintenance replacements. Cavallero Plastics, Pittsfield, Mass., molds the outer ring made of Radel® PPSU and the U.K.’s James Walker & Co. Ltd., developer of Elast-O-Pure® EP75 EPDM elastomer, injection molds the gasket onto the outer ring.

Radel® PPSU was selected because of its superior strength, high thermal performance, chemical resistance, and strong sterilizability, according to Dwight Long, president of Integra Companies. Meanwhile, the Elast-O-Pure® EP75 EPDM elastomer provides unparalleled sealing performance in critical bioprocessing applications, improved compression set, strong release properties, and excellent resistance to Steam in Place (SIP) processes and Clean in Place (CIP) chemicals, resulting in extended service life.

Radel® PPSU is a super-tough thermoplastic with high heat resistance, exceptional hydrolytic stability, and excellent chemical resistance. It can withstand over 1000 cycles of steam sterilization without significant loss of properties. It is inherently flame retardant and is resistant to bases and other chemicals. Radel® PPSU is also compliant with ISO 10993-1 for limited exposure applications.

The color-coded smooth transition gaskets are used for a range of tubing, fittings, and hoses in high-purity fluid handling applications for the bioprocessing industry.

Solvay Specialty Polymers is a global leader in the development of sulfone polymer technology, launching Udel® polysulfone nearly 45 years ago. In addition, Solvay’s experience as a key materials supplier in the healthcare field spans more than 20 years. The company is a leading manufacturer of high-performance plastics, offering a broad range of materials for healthcare instruments and medical devices. More recently, Solvay has successfully introduced its line of Solviva® Biomaterials and offers them for use in a range of implantable devices.

About Integra Companies
Devens, Mass.-based Integra Companies, founded in 1974, is a leading supplier of high-purity fluid handling solutions for the biopharmaceutical, food processing, microelectronic, and specialty market industries. The company offers a comprehensive circle of services backed by highly-trained product specialists, engineers, and precision fabricators. Integra Companies is the Northeast’s only ISO 9001:2008 certified, cGMP compliant distributor with in-house fabrication capabilities. For more information, visit www.integracompanies.com.

About Solvay Specialty Polymers 
Solvay Specialty Polymers is a leading global supplier of high-performance thermoplastics for implantable and non-implantable medical devices. The company has expanded its focus on the healthcare industry to meet the growing needs of its global customers. Last year, Solvay announced a new organizational structure and a 50% increase in staffing for sales, marketing, and technology functions in the U.S. and Europe. Plans for further expansion in Asia-Pacific are also underway. Solvay is building on its 20-year history as a key material supplier in the healthcare field, devoting considerable new resources to help customers be more efficient and cut costs. Metal-to-plastic replacement remains a key focus for manufacturers, but increased cost pressures pose a new challenge as the market continues to grow at a double-digit pace. Solvay also continues to devote considerable research and development activities to polymer technology and commercialization of new and unique material options for medical OEMs and processors.

Solvay Specialty Polymers manufactures more products with more performance than any other polymer company in the world. The company supplies over 1500 products across 33 brands of high-performance polymers – fluoropolymers, fluoroelastomers, fluorinated fluids, semi-aromatic polyamides, sulfone polymers, aromatic ultra polymers, high-barrier polymers and cross-linked high-performance compounds – for use in Aerospace, Alternative Energy, Automotive, Healthcare, Membranes, Oil & Gas, Packaging, Plumbing, Semiconductors, Wire & Cable, and other markets.
As an international chemical group, SOLVAY assists industries in finding and implementing ever more responsible and value-creating solutions. Solvay generates 90% of its net sales in activities where it is among the world's top three players. It serves many markets, varying from energy and the environment to automotive and aerospace or electricity and electronics, with one goal: to raise the performance of its clients and improve society's quality of life. The group is headquartered in Brussels, employs about 29,400 people in 56 countries and generated 9.9 billion euros in net sales in 2013. Solvay SA is listed as SOLB.BE on NYSE Euronext in Brussels and Paris (Bloomberg: SOLB:BB - Reuters: SOLB.BR).