Medical

Teknor Apex unveils polymer-neutral strategy for medical market at MEDTEC China

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 23rd, 2014

PVC or not PVC? If that is the question, Teknor Apex (Singapore) says it has the answer for customers in the medical sector. The compounder has restructured its product portfolio to offer medical device designers and manufacturers an expansive range of raw material options, an approach that it is calling a polymer-neutral medical market strategy. The company will introduce the concept at MEDTEC China, which returns to Shanghai in September 2014.

Designing devices that pass the turn-around test

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 22nd, 2014

At Misfit (San Francisco, CA), the company that makes the Shine activity tracker and Beddit sleep tracker, they routinely apply the turn-around test to determine the true value of a product. It's a simple concept, as Sonny Vu, CEO of Misfit, explained at a recent conference in Pasadena, CA: Wearable Tech LA: Where Health and Entertainment Meet Wearables. "If you forget something when you leave the house, would you turn around to get it?

Medical disposables market poised for continued growth

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 22nd, 2014

Here's some good news for suppliers of medical-grade plastics and providers of molding and extrusion services to medical device OEMs: The global market for disposable medical products is on track to maintain robust growth into the next decade, according to a report from TriMark Publications LLC. Growth has averaged 12.5% per year during the past two decades, says the medical markets research firm.

Spending on medtech innovation benefits overall U.S. economy, study shows

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 21st, 2014

Developing advanced medical technology and shepherding it through the regulatory process is expensive, but industry associations and lobbyists have long argued that the benefits far outweigh the costs. In fact, many contend that healthcare advances have a significant positive impact on the broader economic front. Now, the Milken Institute has published a lengthy report that attempts to back up those claims with hard numbers. It also lays out three possible economic scenarios for the next 25 years, depending on whether R&D incentives are reduced, remain the same, or are increased.

Contract medical manufacturer Phase 2 joins Tijuana's growing medical cluster

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 21st, 2014

The medical cluster in Tijuana, Mexico, continues to expand. Phase 2 Medical Manufacturing, headquartered in Rochester, NH, has announced the opening of a 30,000-sq-ft facility dedicated to contract manufacturing for medical device OEMs in the sprawling city across the border from San Diego, CA.

The medical manufacturing and packaging plant includes a 3000-sq-ft- ISO Class 8 cleanroom, which will be used to assemble and package single-use medical devices.

Elasto Sweden to add medical-grade TPE production line

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 17th, 2014

Elasto Sweden is building a new production line for its medical-grade thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) at its facility in Åmål, Sweden. Part of the Hexpol TPE group (Eupen, Belgium), Elasto plans to invest in high-quality twin screw technology, advanced raw material controls, and supporting auxiliary and testing equipment. The new line is expected to come on stream in 2015.

Michigan-based contract molder Medbio announces expansion, new jobs

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

A contract manufacturer specializing in injection molding, assembly, and packaging for the medical device and biotechnology industries, Medbio (Cascade Township, MI) has received a $180,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund under the Michigan Business Development Program to help the company expand its Grand Rapids–area operation and support new business growth and demand. 

Automated material handling sales estimated to hit $26.2 billion by 2018

By PlasticsToday Staff
Published: July 16th, 2014

Global sales of automated material handling equipment are projected to reach $26.2 billion by 2018, according to a new report from Priority Metrics Group, (PMG), a research and consulting firm.

Published under the company's IndustryInsight banner, the 200-plus page Automated Material Handling Markets Worldwide report also shows that 2013 sales of $19.7 billion reflected a 25 percent increase over 2011.

Google and Novartis eye multibillion-dollar diabetes monitoring market, for starters

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 16th, 2014

Suddenly, Google Glass and the ever-expanding universe of wearable devices that monitor everything from fitness levels to vital signs seem obsolete.

The inside story on the hands-free crutch that keeps Harrison Ford up and about

By Norbert Sparrow
Published: July 16th, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, you might have seen photos of Harrison Ford with an odd-looking contraption growing out of his knee plastered all over newspapers and websites. The veteran actor broke his leg on the set of the new Star Wars Episode VII that is being shot at Pinewood Studios in London. Shortly after his accident, he was spotted walking around the city on a leg crutch.

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