September 11, 2008

Foster Corporation Now Exclusive Distributor Of Arkema Pebax(R) and Rilsan(R) USP Class VI Medical Grade Polymers

To provide biomedical companies with medical grade polymers that meet today's strict quality standards for healthcare delivery established by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), Foster Corporation has become the sole North American distributor of Arkema Pebax(R) SA01 MED and Arkema Rilsan(R) MED polyamide11 and 12 (also known as AESNO, AMNO, BESNO and BMNO). These Arkema medical polymers are available immediately.

Arkema Pebax(R) SA01 MED grades are USP Class VI of block copolyamide. Arkema Rilsan(R) MED polymide 11 and 12 not only offer unique mechanical properties, but several Rilsan(R) grades meet USP Class VI standards, as well. Each assures users that these polymers conform to current medical standards, allowing them to be used in an array of biomedical applications.

Emphasizing the importance of these Arkema Class VI polymers offered by Foster, Gerry Avitable, Director of Sales and Marketing at Foster, said "Biomedical researchers, developers and manufacturers today need the assurance that their medical polymers are USP Class VI right from the start, to avoid complications and liabilities down the road. These Arkema polymers from Foster deliver that high degree of confidence."

Foster President Ken Pickering commented, "Partnering with Arkema here in North America is a significant milestone for Foster Corporation. It adds even more depth to our ability to serve the medical and pharmaceutical industries with our unique Foster polymer compound solutions that truly are cutting-edge. "

Foster is a leader in developing and producing state-of-the-art material solutions based on extremely precise polymer technologies for a full spectrum of biomedical and pharmaceutical applications.

Arkema is a leading producer of industrial chemicals, acrylics, PMMA, thiochemicals, fluorochemicals, hydrogen peroxide, technical polymers, specialty chemical organic peroxides and additives.

These Class VI Arkema medical polymers are available immediately from Foster. For more information, visit