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Medplast announced 20 August that it will open a new 20,000-square-foot health care products plant in Suzhou in the fourth quarter of 2015. 21 August 2015
Freudenberg Medical, a California, US-based maker of specialty components and minimally invasive medical and pharmaceutical devices, has acquired the majority of Hemoteq, a German producer of surface coating technologies for medical devices. 21 August 2015
Freudenberg & Co is delving deeper into the medical moulding world with a new brand for its Helix Medical and MedVenture businesses. 11 August 2015
Global medical disposables producer Gerresheimer plans to expand its presence in North America by acquiring Centor US Holding, a former Rexam plc business based in Perrysburg, Ohio. Centor of Perrysburg, Ohio, is the leader in the US prescription plastic vial retail market for oral drugs, according to Gerresheimer. 29 July 2015
US contact lens manufacturer CooperVision is preparing to invest almost €36.5m to expand its newly acquired production plant at Gyál close to the Hungarian capital Budapest. A matter of months after the Pleasanton, California-based firm bought the facility as part of a €1.1bn acquisition of successful British soft lens maker Sauflon Pharmaceutical, CooperVision announced its plan to grow the plant over three years. 17 July 2015
Germany-based medical packaging specialist Gerresheimer has announced that its sales increased by 6.3% for Q2 2015 compared to Q2 2014, reaching €356.4m. 9 July 2015
Germany-based Albis Plastic, a specialist company for the distribution and compounding of technical thermoplastics, has announced that it has expanded its healthcare product portfolio with two new Purell polypropylene types (PP) from Netherlands-based polyolefins giant LyondellBasell.
2 July 2015
Working with specialty materials supplier Solvay, German label-maker S+P Samson has engineered a new label suitable for medical devices and instruments that can survive extreme sterilisation processes. 24 June 2015
West Pharmaceutical Services, the US-based medical packaging group, has begun building work on a new factory in Ireland. 17 June 2015
Saint-Gobain’s Performance Plastics division is expanding its manufacturing facility in Portage, Wisconsin, in the US, with an $11m (€10m) investment that will create 42 jobs. 17 June 2015
The European Commission has published a final opinion from an expert committee on whether plastics additive bisphenol A (BPA) is safe to use in medical devices – the conclusion: yes, in most cases. Only with the use of plastic devices for new born babies is there a risk of contamination that might pose health problems, concluded the European Union (EU) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). 28 May 2015
Gaudlitz, a German injection moulding company known mostly for its work as a Tier 2 auto supplier, is actively looking to enter the medical plastics sector, said CEO Lucas Galuppo, in an interview with PNE's sister publication Plastics News on the sidelines of a Medical Plastics Conference in Guangzhou. 28 May 2015
Greiner, the Austria-based plastic packaging and foams producer, has announced that sales in its 2014 fiscal year were 2% higher at €1.32bn. "Strategic alignment with our core competencies and expansion into new markets are our engine for growth," said CEO Axel Kühner. Most of Greiner’s divisions grew according to plan, with the exception of Greiner Tool.Tec, which faced difficult market conditions. 1 May 2015
Danish medical care products manufacturer Coloplast has doubled the size of the Nyírbátor production plant, one of two units it operates in Hungary. 27 April 2015
A new study shows that newborn babies may have less risk from bisphenol A exposure than originally thought. 24 April 2015

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