Victrex announces new CEO

Victrex announced that it has appointed Jakob Sigurdsson as CEO-designate; he will gain the full title of CEO on Oct. 1. He is preceded by Dave Hummel who is retiring after 24 years as CEO. Victrex makes high-performance polyaryletherketone (PAEK) as well as selected parts for gears and dental discs. It hopes to execute growth

Gerresheimer gets new CEO

Gerresheimer (Düsseldorf, Germany) recently announced that Christian Fischer is its new CEO, effective September 1. Fischer succeeds Uwe Röhrhoff, 55, who left the company as of Aug. 31. Fischer joined Gerresheimer’s management board as a regular member on Aug. 1; he was previously president of performance chemicals at BASF in Ludwigshafen, Germany, where he spent 24 years. “The supervisory

How to ensure adhesion on hard-to-bond plastic substrates

Medical device companies are increasingly using plastic substrates that are tough and sterilization/chemical resistant. But they also come with adhesion challenges. Michelle Gumbert and Patrick Vaughn, Dymax  For medical devices such as catheters, prefilled syringes, vials, test tubes and injector pens, many manufacturers are turning to plastic substrates that are specifically formulated to resist harsh

Compounding Solutions holding medical plastics compounding conference

Compounding Solutions will hold its second annual MPC Conference on Tuesday, Dec. 5, in San Jose, Calif. The one-day-long 2017 MPC Conference will take place at the San Jose Marriott in downtown San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley. There will be experts in materials selection for various manufacturing processes and device applications – as

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

3 healthcare packaging trends you need to know

HealthPack 2017 earlier this year brought together a host of the country’s medical device packaging professionals, including directors and managers, packing engineers and research and development teams. Healthcare packaging is increasingly important in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry. Based on multiple panels and presentations, here are three important trends to look out for in

Nelipak joins Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council

Nelipak Healthcare Packaging recently announced that it has joined The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC). The HPRC is a private technical coalition of industry peers across the healthcare, recycling and waste management industries. Their goal is to improve recyclability of plastic products within healthcare. “Nelipak is committed to sustainable practices which benefit our customers, employees and the environment. At

S&S Plastics teams with StarMed on endoscopy bottle top

S&S Plastics has partnered with StarMed to develop a new endoscopy bottle top designed to reduce cross-contamination during gastroenterological investigations, according to a Medical Plastics News report. The device, designed by StarMed, is intended to keep endoscopes lenses clean and ensure a proper diagnosis and reduce procedure times. The final product reduces cross-contamination during procedures

Spectrum Plastics Group: Why the merger took place

The M&A deal creating Spectrum Plastics Group is but the latest in a wave of consolidations taking place among medical device industry outsourcers. Mauricio Arellano, president of Spectrum’s medical division, thinks 2 trends are driving the consolidations: the need of OEMs to provide truly disruptive innovations to meet health providers needs for value-based care, and

PE shop Kohlberg & Co. closes Pexco buyout, rebrands as Spectrum Plastics

Private equity giant Kohlberg & Co. said this week that it closed its buyout of specialty plastics manufacturer Pexco and merged the business with its PPC Industries holding, which also includes Kelpac Medical. The PE shop said it plans to focus the new group, re-branded as Spectrum Plastics, on the medical device market. Offerings include multiple thermoplastic and silicone tubing extrusion,

Clariant touts latest Mevopur high-temp medical fluoropolymers

Specialty chemical company Clariant is focusing on the latest additions to its compounding capabilities for high-temperature, medical fluoropolymers in Booth 620 at the BIOMEDevice 2017 conference in Boston, May 3–4, 2017. Clariant recently completed a significant expansion at its plant in Lewiston, Maine, adding equipment that increases its capacity to compound high-temperature fluoropolymers, which include

Trinseo offers medical grade MAGNUM ABS for medical equipment

Trinseo, a global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders and synthetic rubber, is offering medical equipment manufacturers and molders medical-grade MAGNUM ABS Resins. The material features the advantages of Trinseo’s mass polymerization technology combined with the properties needed most for medical applications to assure the integrity of end-use applications. Trinseo’s MAGNUM 8391 MED ABS Resins

New Raumedic CEO appointed in the U.S.

Germany-based Raumedic AG announced that it has appointed William F. Gearhart as CEO at its U.S. operations. He will be responsible for developing the Raumedic brand in North America. “After a thorough search, we concluded that Bill’s leadership and experience in the medical engineering industry, along with his considerable track record of success in the

Plastics manufacturing industry expecting moderate growth in 2017

The plastics manufacturing industry is expected to grow moderately over this year, according to a survey that thermoformer Ray Products conducted in the fourth quarter of 2016. Over 25,000 engineers, manufacturers, purchasers, administrators and product designers participated in the plastic industry survey. The survey, which Ray Products has conducted for three years, featured a range of

Clariant to expand Maine medical device materials plant

Specialty chemicals company Clariant will expand its Lewiston, Maine, plant as it installs a new compounding line to meet the growing demand for pre-colored medical plastic compounds that Clariant supplies under the Mevopur brand name. Clariant officials expect the new line to open during the fourth quarter of 2017. Company officials touted the news this