Comar expands medical design and manufacturing capabilities with Shore Plastic Tech acquisition

Comar (Buena, NJ), a supplier of specialty packaging to the healthcare, food, household and industrial, personal care and related markets, announced yesterday the acquisition of Shore Plastic Technologies, Inc. (Millville, NJ). The purchase expands Comar’s capabilities in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors.

Over the past twenty years, Shore Plastic Tech has provided design and engineering services to customers in the medical, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, and consumer packaged goods (CPG) industries. The company specializes in project management services encompassing product design and development, injection mold design, project engineering, and mold and process validation.

“We can now offer our customer base full service capabilities that extend to complete supply chain solutions including manufacturing, assembly and distribution,” said Richard Lappine, President of Shore Plastic Tech in a prepared statement.

Comar CEO Mike Ruggieri commented: “We are extremely pleased to welcome Rick and his team to the Comar organization. They have excellent customer relationships and strategic assets and capabilities that will enable us to better serve existing and potential customers.”

Comar offers design and engineering, manufacturing and custom molding services and operates six facilities on the U.S. mainland and one in Puerto Rico. Founded in 1949 as the TST Glass Co., it began converting glass tubing for the healthcare industry in 1951. Today it specializes in the development and manufacture of liquid oral syringe systems, plastic packaging, dispensing systems, dropper assemblies, closures and related products.

The acquisition is the latest in a series of recent investments by Comar to better serve customers in the medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical and CPG market segments.

In June of this year, it acquired ProPlas Technologies in Garden Grove, CA, which performs complex injection molding, assembly and moldmaking for several end markets including the medical device and consumer goods sectors.

Comar also opened an Innovation Design Center at its headquarters in Buena, NJ, in June. The center seeks to foster a collaborative approach with customers. It is equipped with design and simulation tools and other technologies that allow customers to see concepts and feel physical products manufactured on site, said Comar when announcing the opening. “The ID Center will house a team of top-tier industrial designers and a full complement of material, process, infrastructure and automation engineers, said the company in a press release. “Comar’s cross-functional teams of marketing, industrial design, engineering and manufacturing and full complement of injection molding and blowmolding manufacturing platforms can be leveraged to provide creative solutions under any circumstances.”

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