October 5, 2016
Alpharetta, Georgia – Solvay’s medical grade KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) and AvaSpire polyaryletherketone (PAEK) polymers enabled medical device pioneer, Shanghai Reach Medical Instrument Co., to develop a lighter, more ergonomic and highly cost-effective kit of reusable instruments for spinal surgeries.
Shanghai Reach’s innovative kit includes six reusable instruments: one rod bender, two pairs of distraction and compression pliers, and three awls. For the rod bender, the medical device-maker specified KetaSpire KT-880 CF 30 PEEK, a 30% carbon fiber-reinforced resin that delivers the high strength and stiffness necessary to bend implantable 5.5mm to 6.0mm titanium rods. For the pliers and awls, Shanghai Reach chose AvaSpire AV 651 GF 50 PAEK, a 50% glass fiber-reinforced resin offering a cost-effective balance of strength, stiffness and dimensional stability.