China wants to dominate medtech: Here’s how

Under its “Made in China 2025” plan, the Chinese government seeks explosive growth in biomedical and high-end medical device manufacturing. Grace Fu Palma, China Med Device In 2015, the China State Council issued a 10-year manufacturing plan called “Made in China 2025.” The  goal is to elevate the “giant but weak” Chinese manufacturing industry into

CSP Technologies expands Alabama facility

CSP Technologies is expanding its Auburn, Ala. manufacturing and warehousing capacity by 110,000 sq. ft. The expansion has already begun and is under construction. The company said in a recent news release that it is expanding its facility because of the growing needs of the healthcare and food safety industries. The expansion follows a thermoforming line

GI Plastek expands in-house capabilities

GI Plastek (Wolfeboro, N.H.) – a specialist in large to medium complex molded products – announced this month that it has significantly expanded its in-house electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) shielding capabilities. GI Plastek’s new mechanized production paint line is housed in a new 9,000-square-foot paint facility. The paint line allows GI Platek

MTD Micro Molding makes Inc. 5000 list

MTD Micro Molding (Charlton, Mass.) has announced that it has made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies for the second time. The company has had a growth of 48% over the last three years and has been ranked at 4735 because of it. “I am so proud of my team,” Dennis Tully, president of

10 reasons to keep your printed circuit board production in the U.S.

Dennis Vetrano, Polaris Contract Manufacturing, Inc. – A Lockheed Martin Company Although the lure of low-cost labor is tempting, offshoring production of printed circuit boards can lead a company into a host of problems. Firms can find themselves dealing with increased costs, regulatory hurdles and pitfalls relating to quality control. Here are 10 reasons why:

Manufacturing drug device products: challenges and best practices

Integrating a drug with a mechanical device can, in some cases, improve patient outcomes and boost sales. But manufacturing these products is no simple feat: It often requires a specialized contract manufacturer with extensive experience in the field to make a drug-device combo buildable and scalable. There’s a lot to consider when manufacturing a medical

Proto Labs officially adds new HP 3D printing technology to offerings

Quick turn manufacturer Proto Labs announced today that it’s added HP’s Multi Jet Fusion to its suite of 3D printing technologies. Proto Labs (Maple Plain, Minn.) had already been among a number of companies testing the HP industrial-grade 3D printing tech. HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology employs an inkjet array to apply fusing and detailing

Why the medtech contract manufacturing M&A trend isn’t slowing down

Consolidation is increasingly shaping the medical device industry, but what about players on the other side of the fence? Contract manufacturing partners to OEMs are seeing their own abundance of M&A as larger players look to expand their influence and keep up with increasing demand. Over the past four years, the medical device industry has

Teleflex shares rise on Q2 beat and raise

Shares in Teleflex (NYSE:TFX) rose today after the medical device maker topped expectations on Wall Street with its 2nd quarter earnings results, providing lifted guidance for the rest of its fiscal year. The Wayne, Pa.-based company posted profits of $78 million, or $1.67 per share, on sales of $528.6 million for the 3 months ended June 30,

Medbio expands implant molding capabilities

Medbio has announced that it has launched another dedicated implant molding cell to help expand the company’s injection molding offerings. “We’re excited about our growth and the expanded capabilities in implantable components,” said John Woodhouse, director of sales and marketing for Medbio. “We’ve increased our capacity to meet the growing needs of our customers and

Dymax touts needle bonding adhesive

Dymax is touting its new 1406-M needle bonding adhesive for manufacturers who want to switch to LED curing in small gauge needle applications. The 1406-M bonding adhesive is designed to be used on smaller surface areas of cannulas and is able to withstand aging and sterilization to reduce cannula substrate failure. The adhesive can be

Why you need a weather-related risk management plan for your supply chain

Alexa Sussman, EtQ We wear boots to walk on icy sidewalks and bring umbrellas when it rains—we plan ahead and prepare for bad weather events in our daily lives. But in our businesses, we tend to overlook nature and weather-related issues in favor of operational ones. So why don’t we batten down the hatches (so

Bio-Chem, Koganei announce Opus solenoid actuated rocker valve

A co-development effort between Bio-Chem Fluidics and Koganei Corp. has resulted in the Opus solenoid actuated rocker valve – specifically designed for clinical diagnostics and life science applications. Bio-Chem and Koganei announced the release of the Opus rocker valve on July 25. The Opus is a modification of the existing Koganei PVR valves. It is about half the size

Integer Holdings: What you need to know

Greatbatch and Lake Region Medical merged nearly two years ago to become Integer Holdings Co., a giant medical device contract manufacturer that could theoretically do almost anything for an OEM. But can this colossus of a company execute on its expanded capabilities? When Greatbatch and Lake Region Medical merged in 2015, company officials decided they

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PTI Engineered Plastics wins supplier award

Yazaki has named PTI Engineered Plastics as its 2017 Environmental, Health and Safety Supplier Award recipient. PTI Engineered Plastics won against Yazaki’s top 97 suppliers in North and Central America. “Yazaki places a very high value on our strategic partners and suppliers and their shared commitment to the environment,” said Ken Pichla, head of purchasing