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The international conference on polymeric medical tubing and catheters, covering design, materials, production and applications

19-20 June 2018, Maritim Hotel, Cologne

Organised by Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI)


Medical tubing and catheters play a critical role in a huge variety of healthcare applications, and demand is growing thanks to factors such as an aging population and moves towards less invasive medical procedures.

This conference will address the latest tubing and catheter developments for a wide range of medical requirements including intravenous, infusion, dialysis, respiratory, feeding, and drainage applications. It will also examine the latest standards and certification requirements in this heavily regulated sector.

There are a huge variety of polymer options available for medical tubing production including flexible vinyl compounds, thermoplastic elastomers, thermoplastic urethanes, polyolefins, fluoropolymers, polyamides, polyimides, silicones, PEEK and PEBA. Inter-material competition is strong and selecting the optimum polymer grade to meet requirements such as flexibility, clarity, kink-resistance, dimensional stability, biocompatibility and cost-reduction can present a considerable challenge.

In addition, exciting new developments in additives and the latest compound formulations are bringing added functionality, increased performance and improved biocompatibility to medical tubing products. Examples include antimicrobial, radiopaque, nanocomposite, lubricious and color-coded compounds.

Presentations at the Medical Tubing 2018 conference will address the latest advances in polymers, additives and compounds to meet the growing and evolving demands of this dynamic and highly competitive market.

On the design and production front, tubing configurations are becoming more complex, including increasingly sophisticated multi-layer, multi-lumen and micro-bore designs. These have to be produced to extremely tight tolerances and at higher throughputs to deliver cost efficiencies. At the Medical Tubing 2018 conference, leading experts will discuss how extrusion technologies are being developed and refined to meet these considerable challenges.

In addition to two days of high-level presentations, the conference will provide excellent networking opportunities with key players from throughout the medical tubing supply chain.

This will be the second edition of AMI's Medical Tubing conference to be held in Europe and will build on the success of the Medical Tubing 2017 conference in Cologne, which attracted more than 120 attendees from 22 countries - including more than 20 key medical tubing and device producers and a sold-out exhibition.

Attending, Exhibiting and Sponsoring
For more information on attending or exhibiting at the reduced pre-programme rate or our sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
‚ÄčKaja-Marie Beiswanger, Email:, Tel.: +44 (0) 117 314 8111