GI Dynamics taps Proven Process as EndoBarrier manufacturer

GI Dynamics (ASX:GID) said today it inked a contract manufacturing partnership deal with Proven Process Medical Devices. Through the deal, Proven Process will manufacture Boston-based GI Dynamic’s EndoBarrier device at its Mansfield, Mass.-based facilities. The EndoBarrier is a plastic gut sleeve designed to prevent the absorption of nutrients from food as it exits the stomach and enters the

Tegra Medical announces new general manager

Tegra Medical announced that it has appointed John Rieth as general manager of its Franklin, Mass. location. Rieth will report to the president and CEO of Tegra, J. Mark King, and will be in charge of its local management team and plant operations. Rieth recently served as director of operations at Pharmasol Corporation, operations/engineering manager

GW Plastics acquires Ireland-based Avenue Mould Solutions

GW Plastics said today that it has bought Avenue Mould Solutions, a precision mold building, machining, and injection molding company based in Sligo, Ireland. The deal enables GW Plastics to have precision mold-making and advanced manufacturing capabilities in North America, Asia and Europe. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. “GW Plastics is thrilled to

Proto Labs announces on-demand molded production parts

Digital manufacturing company Proto Labs this week announced it has added new on-demand molding capabilities to address the needs of the low-volume, high-mix product segment. The idea is to address both prototyping and on-demand manufacturing needs. “Since every manufacturing project is different, our two injection molding options let customers begin to focus on what is really needed from

DeviceTalks Minnesota: Here’s what you missed

Some of the medical device industry’s top leaders and experts gathered in St. Paul, Minn., in June for DeviceTalks Minnesota. Check out the highlights – and don’t miss DeviceTalks Boston on October 2. [View the story “DeviceTalks Minnesota: Here’s what you missed” on Storify]

Integer interim CEO gets ‘interim’ removed from title

Medical device contract manufacturing giant Integer Holdings Co. said today that interim CEO Joseph Dziedzic will take over the company for good. Dziedzic is a former Integer board member who took over in March after Thomas Hook stepped down from the top spot. He’s entered into a new three-year employment agreement with the Frisco, Texas–based

The ins and outs of microextruded medical tubing

Microextruded medical tubing could enable increasingly smaller surgical and home care products, according to Tekni-Plex’s Natvar.  Surgical and home care products including catheters are becoming increasingly complex and smaller in size. Neurovascular interventional therapies and surgical procedures also require tight tolerances for those small sizes. Until now, options for these components were limited to glass

Minnetronix completes facility expansion

Minnetronix today announced the completion of a 22,000-square-foot expansion of its home in St. Paul, Minn. The investment – which brings combined space of the St. Paul facility to 125,000 square feet – will increase the medical device contract manufacturer’s production capacity by 50%. Minnetronix has nearly doubled its employee headcount over the past two

NuPak Medical acquired by largest customer Katena

Medical device contract manufacturer NuPak Medical has been acquired by its biggest customer, Katena Products, according to an Xconomy report. San Antonio, Texas-based NuPak Medical manufactures products including dental implants, orthopedic devices, diabetes infusion sets and surgical instruments, according to the report. NuPak’s full employee roster of 18 individuals will remain with the company after

Comar acquires ProPlas Technologies

Packaging and dispensing provider Comar recently announced that it is enhancing its offerings through its acquisition of ProPlas Technologies, in yet another example of consolidation in the medical device contract manufacturing space. “Comar’s recent investments in a class 8 cleanroom and new innovation design center, combined with the acquisition of ProPlas, will position the business to

HP’s new 3D printers: Here’s why Proto Labs likes them

Quick-turn manufacturer Proto Labs is among a number of companies testing the new HP Multi Jet Fusion technology for industrial-grade 3D printing. “As far as what we’re testing in, it is definitely becoming a faster way to build parts compared to [selective laser sintering],” Joe Cretella, an applications engineer at Proto Labs (Maple Plain, Minn.), told MDO

5 secrets of contract manufacturing longevity

Whether it’s a few decades or the better part of a century, there are important factors that enable a contract manufacturer to last for a long time – business traits that OEM customers should value. We asked top executives from long-lasting medical device industry suppliers to share their secrets.  Mike Ondercin started Cleveland-based Criterion as

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Trumpf is a 2017 Young Adult Employer Champion

Trumpf recently announced that it is among businesses receiving the Pathways to Apprenticeship award as part of the National Fund for Workforce Solutions’s Young Adult Employer Champion award. “We are honored to receive this award recognizing our apprenticeship program,” Trumpf’s training manager Christine Benz said in a news release. “The skills gap is a problem plaguing many manufacturers

5 lessons advanced manufacturing presidents learned from their dads

Working with your father isn’t always something you grow up thinking you are going to do. And sometimes taking over your dad’s advanced manufacturing company wasn’t always the plan either. Dennis Tully, current president of MTD Micro Molding (Charlton, Mass.), was involved with the contract manufacturer from his high school days. He cleaned the machines

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Medical Murray expands production capabilities

Medical Murray has announced that it has expanded its production capabilities and has hired new production supervisors for its Lake Zurich, Ill. manufacturing facility. The company added validated CER space to the facility and hired more skilled assembly employees to help with Medical Murray’s growing assembly workforce. Tom Marsailes and Ken Drower joined the team