Healthcare mega trends, notably the drive to improve patient safety and shifting patient care from hospitals to the home, bode well for the continued growth of plastics in the medical space, noted Niya Petzold, Healthcare Marketing Manager for Borealis (Vienna), during a recent webinar. Plastics are the obvious choice as “industry looks to safer and lighter solutions,” said Petzold. She illustrated this dynamic with two recent applications where a “new class of soft polypropylene” achieved “breakthroughs” in the manufacture of IV bottles and bags.
“Only about 1% of the 311 million tons of plastics, or about 3.1 million tons, go into healthcare,” said Petzold. And yet, medical plastics get an awful lot of attention. They punch above their weight because they are subject to “the highest quality requirements and most stringent regulations. Yes, it’s a tiny market,” said Petzold, “but it has been a large focus for Borealis.”