Adsorbed moisture can render ductile and tough polyether block amides and certain thermoplastic polyurethanes brittle, according to Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland). The risk of hydrolysis is reduced in its new Mevopur compounds, helping device manufacturers improve the reliability of catheters.
The combination provides customers with a one-stop shop for precision manufacturing solutions in both plastics and metals, said Eptam (Northfield, NH), a portfolio company of private equity firm New Heritage Capital.
Applied Plastics (Norwood, MA), which provides specialty PTFE coatings on wires and other metal-based components for the medical device industry, was acquired by Vance Street Capital LLC (Los Angeles).
The SPE Preferred Partner program, launched this year, recognizes converters, manufacturers, solutions providers and product distributors that have demonstrated leadership and innovation in the plastics industry.