ANAHEIM, Calif.—Trelleborg Engineered Coated Fabrics unveiled new polyurethane, rubber and silicone coated fabrics at the recent MDM West show in Anaheim.
The firm said growing demands for coated materials in medical, orthopedic and surgical applications drove the need to expand its fabrics portfolio.
The other main driver is a growing trend of medical original equipment manufacturers moving away from polyvinyl chloride, giving alternative materials like polyurethane growth opportunities.
Sarah McGuire, director of sales and marketing, said Trelleborg is seeing a lot of products formerly produced using PVC being replaced with polyurethanes.
She cited a number of attributes driving the trend, primarily that PVC cannot be incinerated. In addition, she said from a performance perspective urethanes are more durable, age better and are more resistant to extreme temperatures.