CPRJ Medical Conference: New opportunities for high-value materials, sterilization packaging and precision processing
With the theme of “Change • Reshape • Protect Big Health”, the 4th Edition CPRJ Medical Plastics and Rubber Conference & Showcase kicked off today at Radisson Collection Hotel, Yangtze Shanghai, China.
This 1.5-day conference (Nov 4-5) is hosted by Adsale Publishing Ltd. (Adsale Group), organized by China Plastic & Rubber Journal (CPRJ) & CPRJ International, and co-organized by Medical Polymer Products Branch of China Association for Medical Devices Industry and China Association for Medical Devices Industry Medical Devices Packaging Committee.
It is supported by China Association for Medical Devices Industry, Shanghai Medical Instrument Trade Association, Shanghai Plastic Engineering Technology Society, Suzhou Association for Medical Devices Industry, ANDE Healthcare and CHINAPLAS.
Janet Tong, General Manager of Adsale Group made her online welcome remarks and expressed the gratitude to the co-organizers and supporting units. She noted that China's medical device market is currently the second largest one in the world and its market size is expected to exceed RMB 900 billion in 2022 with a growth rate of more than 20%.
By 2028, the global medical plastics market is expected to reach US$48.3 billion at a CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period, according to the latest report of Grand View Research. The pandemic has boosted huge global demand for plastic materials in medical applications.
What important signals are released by the new policies in China?
China has implemented new policies related to medical devices this year. The revised version of “Regulation on the Supervision and Administration of Medical Devices” sets new rules on management, registrant systems and acceleration of medical device innovations. What are the impacts of the new policies?
In his sharing, Lin Senyong, President of China Chamber of Commerce of Medicines & Health Products Importers & Exporters International Cooperation Branch of Medical Devices, analyzed the Regulation and pointed out that there are eight focuses, for example, the registrant system, product check, clinical evaluation and post-market supervision, which the industry should pay attention to. He believes the Regulation aims to promote technological innovation in the medical device industry, ensure industrial safety, strengthen risk management of processes and lead to a joint supervision.
Lin Senyong, President of China Chamber of Commerce of Medicines & Health Products Importers & Exporters International Cooperation Branch of Medical Devices
Xu Shan, Secretary-General of China Association for Medical Devices Industry, stated that the Regulation puts emphasis on the full-process risk control of medical devices, which is important to upstream process of raw material R&D and production.
On the other hand, Dr. Jiang Hongyan, Vice President of R&D Support and Shared Service at Shanghai MicroPort Medical (Group) Co., Ltd., reported that China is focusing on the development of high-performance diagnosis and treatment equipment, including imaging equipment and medical robots, high-value medical consumables like fully degradable vascular stents, and mobile medical products such as wearable and remote diagnosis and treatment, under the plan of “Made in China 2025”.
Dr. Jiang Hongyan, Vice President of R&D Support and Shared Service at Shanghai MicroPort Medical (Group) Co., Ltd.
Advanced processing technologies improve efficiency and quality
Demand from medical device manufacturers for high-efficiency precision injection molding equipment keeps rising, creating opportunities for equipment manufacturers as well as promoting technological R&D and upgrades.
Fang An-le, General Manager at Jwell Machinery Co., Ltd., introduced the company’s high-efficiency extrusion technology solutions applicable for TPU medical film, EVA/PVC medical film equipment, high-precision medical tube equipment, and medical product blow molding machines. He expects an increase in demand for medical consumables globally and opportunities for innovation and upgrades of medical polymer consumables manufacturing equipment in China.
Fang An-le, General Manager at Jwell Machinery Co., Ltd.
In the presentation, Ke Rong, Packaging & Medical Operations Director at Rosti Integrated Manufacturing Solutions (Suzhou) Co., Ltd., said that the company completed the rapid delivery of prototypes of COVID-19 testing equipment and accessories within 72 hours - which was shorter than the world-class 4-week delivery time - relying on its digital innovation laboratory.
Ke Rong, Packaging & Medical Operations Director at Rosti Integrated Manufacturing Solutions (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
Chris Zhou, Business Manager at Hongrita Precision Component (Zhongshan) Ltd., discussed the applications of liquid silicone and multi-materials in medical field. He mentioned that Hongrita is using its 32-cavity cold runner with valve needle gate to produce liquid silicone multi-cavity seals which are used for household COVID-19 testing boxes. The production capacity reaches 62,000 units per day. He added that the anti-bacterial liquid silicone products are increasingly used, the company is making product prototypes by optimizing static mixing parameters and having third-party anti-bacterial and compliance tests.
Chris Zhou, Business Manager at Hongrita Precision Component (Zhongshan) Ltd.
Rafael Ma, Sales Manager at Shanghai KraussMaffei Machinery Co., Ltd., said that the global demand for hemodialysis equipment and consumables, such as dialysis machines, tubing, syringes and dialyzers, would increase. KraussMaffei is providing solutions with its all-electric injection molding machine adopting a unique clamping unit and equipping with a large template.
Rafael Ma, Sales Manager at Shanghai KraussMaffei Machinery Co., Ltd.
Jane Jing, Director of International Business Department at Tederic Machinery Co., Ltd., presented the advantages of the company’s all-electric injection molding machine for the medical industry. The mold area of Tederic NEO-E series all-electric injection molding machine is wrapped in stainless steel which compiles to clean room standards. Compared with DE series motors, its overall plasticizing capacity is increased by about 25%. Tederic all-electric medical supplies injection molding machines are used for manufacturing medical consumables like centrifuge cups, test kits, blood collection tubes, infusion bottle caps and deep well plates.
Jane Jing, Director of International Business Department at Tederic Machinery Co., Ltd.
Pandemic prevention boosts consumption of high-performance polymers
Talking about anti-pandemic consumable materials, Dr. Wang Guofeng, General Manager of Advanced Medical Materials Division at Henan Tuoren Medical Device Research Institute Co., Ltd., remarked that the development of these materials should base on three elements: market size and trend study, competitive advantages and disadvantages, strategic and cost analysis. The company has established innovative transformation service platforms in respond to customer needs, covering material technology development, intelligent technology development, product design, and testing.
Dr. Wang Guofeng, General Manager of Advanced Medical Materials Division at Henan Tuoren Medical Device Research Institute Co., Ltd.
Xiao Huyong, Senior R&D Engineer at Bluesail Group Co., Ltd., introduced the applications of some biomedical polymer materials in medical devices. He noted that there are more high-performance medical polymer materials being used in the medical field, especially in treatment, testing, clinical diagnosis and patient care. This type of medical devices generally comes into direct contact with the patient, so high performance is required. For instance, it has to offer strong physical and mechanical properties and very good biocompatibility to ensure safety.
Xiao Huyong, Senior R&D Engineer at Bluesail Group Co., Ltd.
Sterilization packaging innovation speeds up
Regarding current development status and trends of medical device packaging industry, Song Yiqin, Vice Director of China Association for Medical Devices Industry, believes that China still has great market potential. The products of Chinese medical device packaging producers can meet the basic packaging needs of domestic medical device companies, however, the R&D level of most domestic medical device packaging producers needs to be improved, their capability of providing large-scale supply also needs to be strengthened.
According to him, with the improvement of living standards and increased awareness of safety precautions, sterilization technoogy will be further applied in other hospital supplies, home care first aid, pet medical supplies, and so on.
Song Yiqin, Vice Director of China Association for Medical Devices Industry
Peter Chen, Head of Business Development of Henkel Packaging Adhesive Business Unit at Henkel (China) Investment Co., Ltd., said that the company has developed HM PSA hydrocolloid for the fast-growing functional medical wound dressing market. It performs good moisturizing and breathability to help wound healing. Henkel's paper-plastic bag sterilization packaging adopts water-based heat-seal coating, and its other Tyvek packaging uses water-based/hot-melt heat-seal coating, he noted.
Peter Chen, Head of Business Development of Henkel Packaging Adhesive Business Unit at Henkel (China) Investment Co., Ltd.
Jack Yang, V.G.M of Quality at BQ PLUS Medical Co., Ltd., discussed the application of EO sterilization technology and the changes in demand for medical device materials. He emphasized that product planning should consider the sterilization method at the beginning of the project, and the requirements for the sterilization method on product performance, structure, material and more. He expected that medical devices such as dressings and medical catheters will have greater development opportunities in the foreseeable future.
Jack Yang, V.G.M of Quality at BQ PLUS Medical Co., Ltd.
Innovative solutions and products concurrently showcased
In addition, many exhibitors showcased their innovative products and solutions concurrently, including the following.
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