IBA will install the first E-beam & X-ray system for industrial irradiation applications in Taiwan
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 6 October 2020 - IBA (Ion Beam Applications SA), the world’s leading provider of electron beam and X-ray solutions for industrial irradiation, is pleased to announce that it has signed a contract with SHIN-HO INSTRUMENTS CO., LTD., a fully-owned subsidiary of CHC Healthcare Group in Taiwan, for an end-to-end solution based on a Rhodotron® TT300 Duo.
The contract is worth around EUR 9 million and will provide the Taiwanese market with a cutting-edge electron beam and X-ray solution which can be used for various industrial applications, such as the sterilization of Disposable Medical Devices (DMD). The system, which can treat pallets in X-ray mode, can also be used for food processing procedures such as phytosanitation. The facility will be operational in the first half of 2022.
The global Disposable Medical Devices (DMD) sterilization market has seen a year-on-year growth of around 7%. Currently, approximately 5% of DMD are sterilized by E-beam and X-ray, but this proportion is increasing at an accelerated pace as the two other main modalities, Ethylene Oxyde (EtO) and gamma, are under pressure. E-beam and X-ray solutions are a better alternative to EtO and gamma, as they provide sustainable solutions that address the challenges related to cobalt supply and gas residues, and the optimization of the logistics and production process.
“We are delighted that CHC Healthcare Group chose the Rhodotron® for their industrial irradiation operations in Taiwan, which will be the first E-beam & X-ray system used for sterilization purposes in that region,” commented Thomas Servais, Head of IBA’s Industrial Business Unit. “We see similar trends all over the world where the industry is preparing for the post-gamma and EtO era by adapting products and manufacturing processes. X-ray is not only a proven alternative to gamma sterilization, but also offers better quality of processing and a shorter treatment time.”
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