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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
Contract manufacturing giant Flextronics International is officially launching Precision Plastics, a global injection tooling and manufacturing unit, as a part of its High Reliability Solutions business segment. The program, making its debut at NPE 2015, comprises four mould makers and three moulding operations that Flextronics has acquired over the past 18 months. Officials say the move allows diversification but is also complementary to the market segments in which it currently operates, such as medical devices. 27 March 2015
US-based compounder Teknor Apex has introduced a rigid PVC to replace polycarbonate (PC) in clear medical components such as connectors and check valves. It claims the new material has comparable strength and clarity while reducing or eliminating the stress cracking that often occurs in PC at the interface with flexible PVC components such as tubing. 19 March 2015
Phillips-Medisize showed its plastics-based pharmaceutical devices at the Pharmapack exhibition in Paris, France in February. 9 March 2015
German medical goods company Raumedic has chosen Mills River, North Carolina, for its first US manufacturing site and US headquarters. 27 February 2015
German medical device manufacturer B. Braun Medical has completed a fresh plastics moulding technology upgrade at its plant at Gyöngyös in north eastern Hungary. 18 February 2015
Germany-based medical packaging specialist Gerresheimer has announced its annual financial results showing sales have increased by 1.9% to €1.29bn for 2014 up from €1.265 in 2013. 17 February 2015
Teknor Apex claims its new rigid PVC compounds can replace polycarbonate in clear medical components. 12 February 2015
German medical device manufacturer B. Braun Medical has completed a fresh plastics moulding technology upgrade at its plant at Gyöngyös in north eastern Hungary. 6 February 2015
Global plastics processor Röchling Engineering Plastics is beefing up its presence in pharmaceutical packaging by acquiring German moulder HPT Hochwertige Pharmatechnik. The company’s automotive division also is expanding a facility to meet increased demand from BMW. 14 January 2015
UK-based DTR Medical, a manufacturer of single-use surgical instruments, has selected DuPont’s Sorona renewably sourced polymer for six components in its new cervical rotating biopsy punch. The grade is a 15% glass filled grade of Sorona EP. 13 January 2015
Israeli pharmaceutical firm Teva has selected Terlux HD MABS and Novodur HD ABS from Styrolution for its new Spiromax dry powder inhaler. 9 January 2015
Responding to the tough demands of medical customers was a key focus at Fakuma 2014. In this feature David Eldridge and James Snodgrass look at the ways companies are coping with medical customer demands.  9 January 2015


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