Solvay Specialty Polymers announces availability of Solviva biomaterials in China


The Solviva biomaterials line of high-performance plastics for implantable applications, manufactured by Solvay Specialty Polymers, is now commercially available in China, the company has announced

According to a press release, the biomaterials line, previously available in the USA and Europe, is targeted to meet growing demand in the Chinese market—complementing Solvay’s already extensive healthcare offering in China, which includes medical polymers for non-implantable uses.

With our broad product portfolio we are firmly positioned as a strategic supplier to the Chinese healthcare industry and this expansion in biomaterials signals our further commitment to national and multinational OEMs,” said Shawn Shorrock, global market manager for healthcare. “We are leveraging our position as a leading supplier of high-performance polymers to support applications from instrumentation to implants.” Solviva Biomaterials will primarily be targeted at orthopaedic and cardiovascular applications.

The expansion into the high-growth Chinese market is a key element of Solvay’s global strategy to grow the Solvivabiomaterials line, according to Judy Melville, global business manager for Solvivabiomaterials. “This is an important first step that will unlock key business opportunities and firmly position us for future growth,” said Melville. She noted that the expansion into China is the first of a series of planned expansions into new global regions. Solvay will serve the Chinese market from its Shanghai facility where it operates research and development, sales, and commercial activities.


For implantable medical devices, the press release reported, the Solviva biomaterials line includes ZenivaPEEK, which boasts a modulus very close to that of bone plus excellent  biocompatibility, toughness, and fatigue resistance; Proniva self-reinforced polyphenylene (SRP), one of the world’s stiffest and strongest unreinforced thermoplastic that offers exceptional hardness and biocompatibility; Eviva polysulfone (PSU), which offers practical toughness in a strong, transparent polymer; and Veriva polyphenylsulfone (PPSU), which provides unsurpassed toughness combined with transparency and excellent biocompatibility.