Like many medical-grade plastics introduced at this year's MD&M West, the products debuted by SABIC Innovative Plastics Division consist of an antimicrobial line. This trend is due to growing concern in hospitals to reduce infections in staff and patients, David Wildgoose, general manager, North America, for engineering resins, told us. The SABIC line of nine new antimicrobial compounds incorporate a variety of concentrations of silver for varying levels of pathogen reduction, and can be custom compounded to specific customer requirements. The nine grades are based on engineering plastic families already used in medical devices: LEXAN EXL copolymer, LEXAN polycarbonate (PC) resin, XENOY PC/polybutylene terephthalate resin, and polypropylene resins. Applications include medical equipment such as beds and tables, surgical instruments, and monitoring and imaging devices.