Spectrum Plastics Group acquires soon-to-be Adam Spence

Spectrum Plastics Group said today that it has completed its acquisition of Fermatex Vascular Technologies, which is going back to its old Adam Spence name. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The soon-to-be Adam Spence Vascular Technologies has roughly 100 people working out of two adjoining manufacturing facilities encompassing 54,000 square feet in Wall, N.J.

Braid-reinforced catheter shafts: How to ensure X-ray and MRI compatibility

To achieve stiffness in intervascular catheter shafts, manufacturers often turn to stainless or nitinol – but those materials aren’t suited for MRI. Luckily, low-cost fibers offer a viable alternative. William Li and Steve Maxson, Adam Spence Intervascular catheter shafts are designed to be relatively stiff at the proximal end, to facilitate the pushing and torquing

Fermatex returning to familiar Adam Spence name

Fermatex Vascular Technologies (Wall, N.J.) — formerly WL Gore Jersey Shore and most notably Adam Spence — said today that it is rebranding back to the Adam Spence name. The name change will be effective June 4. Company officials said that going back to the Adam Spence name will help the company benefit from Adam Spence’s

Peelable tubing technology could transform miniaturized catheters

Here’s how peelable tubing technology is leading to advances in catheterization. Joe Rowan, Junkosha The future of the medical tubing sector is an interesting one, not least because there are a variety of pressures on organizations within this space to provide cost-effective, highest quality products in shorter timescales. This is mainly driven by the global healthcare

Zeus appoints Steve Peterson as president

Zeus (Orangeburg, S.C.) recently announced that it has appointed Steve Peterson as the company’s new president. The appointment took effect on May 1. Peterson recently served as the global head of marketing and sales, as well as senior VP at the company. He will continue to report to Zeus’s CEO as he transitions into the role

Biomerics, ATL Tech join up to buy Catheter Research

Biomerics and ATL Technology today announced they launched a joint venture to acquire Catheter Research, including its assets in Indianapolis and Costa Rica. Catheter Research Inc manufactures interventional catheters, tube sets and other assemblies for medical devices, the companies said. The company has specific expertise in tube extrusion, catheter assembly and final FDA product packaging

Tekni-Plex expands medical tubing offerings through Dunn Industries buy

Tekni-Plex (Wayne, Pa.) said today that it has acquired Dunn Industries, a Manchester, N.H.–based maker of specialty extrusion tubing for medical device uses. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Dunn buy is the seventh acquisition Tekni-Plex has made in the past four years as it seeks to grow both organically and through acquisitions.

4 ways medical device industry suppliers can save their clients money

Count Spectrum Plastics Group (Alpharetta, Ga.) among the medical device industry suppliers adding capabilities and expertise in order to add value to what they provide their customers. Long gone are the days when medtech contract manufacturers simply made orders to spec. As four recent case studies out of Spectrum highlight, it’s all about branching out

Could this new Guill extrusion crosshead enable medical tubing innovation?

Guill Tool & Engineering’s Micro Medical crosshead features a patented single-point concentricity adjustment that could enable greater extrusion automation. Officials at Guill Tool & Engineering (West Warwick, R.I.) think they could bring medical tubing extruders’ capabilities to new heights through their recently released Micro Medical crosshead. The Micro Medical crosshead — which Guill touted at

Why PEEK is so hard to extrude

PEEK — a popular material for catheters and minimally invasive tubing — can trip up novices when it comes to extrusion. Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is known throughout the medical device industry for its toughness, strength and high heat thermal characteristics. It’s often used to replace metal components in medical devices; because it’s a thermoplastic it can be injection-molded

Zeus to spend $75 million on South Carolina expansion

Advanced polymer extrusion, material science and tubing company Zeus plans to spend $75 million on an expansion of its Calhoun County, S.C., operations — with plans to add 350 jobs in coming years. The expansion will take place about 2 miles from Zeus’ existing Gaston, S.C. facility, the Orangeburg, S.C.–based company announced Feb. 2. When

Seisa Medical closes $42.5 million recapitalization and acquisition line

Seisa Medical (El Paso, Texas) announced that it has closed a $42.5 million senior secured credit facility with Sagard Credit Partners. Most of the funds from the deal will be used to be fees and expenses from the transaction while administering a dividend to shareholding and completing acquisitions. “We are excited to begin this relationship

Secant Group officials think they’ve cracked vascular regeneration: Here’s how

Secant Group today announced what it described as game-changing technology to advance vascular regeneration, solving problems that surgeons presently have when it comes to vascular harvesting and the non-resorbable synthetic graft compliance mismatching. The technology, which Secant (Telford, Pa.) developed in partnership with its sister company SanaVita Medical, involves a synthetic small bore vessel with a hollow

How to make kink-resistant tubing work in smaller medical devices

Today’s implantable medical devices require bio-friendly silicone that keeps fluids flowing even when space is tight. Dan Sanchez, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Combining highly biocompatible silicone with the elasticity and durability of nylon creates a class of durable, crush- and kink-resistant tubing that’s ideal for today’s small yet highly complex medical devices. That’s because small is the

Spectrum Plastics announced fundamental business platforms

Spectrum Plastics Group today announced three fundamental medical business platforms as it seeks to better explain the breadth of services the new company can provide the medical device industry. Spectrum (Alpharetta, Ga.) is just six months old – formed from the merger of Pexco and PPC Industries. “From component manufacturing to packaging and finished device assembly,