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Published on : Aug 21, 2015

Germany-based specialty chemical company Evonik Industries has opened up its very first application technology lab for medical devices in shanghai, China. The firm aims to set up many more sites worldwide, including Germany. 

The unit will lend support to manufacturers of medical devices that use Evonik polymers in their projects. The company revealed its plans in a press release on Thursday. 

The main activities of the medical devices laboratory include selecting the most ideal bridgeable polymers for the application, characterizing production process conditions such as extrusion and injection molding meant for design and scaling, and lastly, manufacturing technical samples that can be used for feasibility studies. 

Heading the health care business division of the nutrition and care segment, Jean Luc Herbeaux said that the market for medical devices in China has grown increasingly significant to the health care business at Evonik. The company expects strong and positive growth in the China market over the next few years. 

The goal of the company, Jean Luc Herbeaux said, is to help the customers in designing and scaling up medical devices at a much more rapid pace. 

Evonik Industries told media persons in the press release that the first phase of customer projects will commence in the next few weeks. 

The specialty chemicals company also affirmed that it was planning to set up new application technology laboratories for medical devices. Looking to expand into the European market, Evonik Industries is planning to set up a unit in Darmstadt in Germany. 

The Resomer and Resomer Select line of brands in Evonik offers a wide range of biodegradable polymers. These find uses in numerous medical devices including orthopedic plates and screws. 

Implanted devices that are designed with Resomer and Resomer Select resorb without leaving any traces in the body for a duration of six months to two years. This eliminates the need for a second surgery to extract the device.