Biovyn PVC to be used in sustainable prosthetics for the first time

Biovyn PVC to be used in sustainable prosthetics for the first time

Fillauer recently announced the launch of the first-ever bio-attributed prosthetic foot shell

  • By ICN Bureau | September 18, 2023

Biovyn PVC has entered a new market with Fillauer’s announcement of a new prosthetic foot shell using INEOS Inovyn’s PVC made of 100% renewable feedstock. Introduced as the world’s first bio-attributed PVC foot shell, the new product benefits from Biovyn’s reduction in carbon emissions without compromising on durability and performance.

At first sight, the Biovyn -based foot shell is very similar to its predecessor made of traditional PVC. Same colours available, same performance, same price point, same look and feel. The only way to differentiate it is through the small leaf imprint that lies inside the shell and marks its sustainable nature.

“Our new foot shell range is twice as sustainable and durable. This innovation reflects our unwavering commitment to reducing environmental impact while enhancing durability and performance," says Alexander Engstrom, Marketing Manager at Fillauer.

The PVC plastisol used in the prothesis is produced by OHLA Plast & Färgteknik, a long-term supplier of Fillauer. “When Biovyn hit the market, we immediately contacted our customer Fillauer to see if we could offer them a product that would combine higher quality with a reduced environmental footprint”, says Dick Gustafsson, CEO at OHLA. “Fillauer was very enthusiastic and open to test new PVC formulation which would also include sustainable plasticizers.

Fillauer and INEOS Inovyn share the same commitment to provide innovative solutions that prioritise sustainability. “It is certainly a big honour for us, to see how Fillauer set their sights on Biovyn as a unique opportunity to improve their product portfolio. With this new foot shell, they can provide more sustainable products while maintaining the same quality standards their customers have come to know them for,” says Inna Jeschke, Business Unit Manager Polymers at INEOS Inovyn.

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