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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
The Dow Chemical Company is announcing an increased commitment to growth and innovation of its adhesives portfolio for the packaging, textiles and hygiene markets under the theme of ‘Science that Connects.’ 9 January 2015
Film packaging giant Inteplast Group is raising its profile in the medical market by forming a new business unit. 7 January 2015
US-based Schweitzer-Mauduit International (SWM) is acquiring certain assets from the advanced wound management division of UK-based Smith & Nephew. 26 November 2014
Evonik Industries says its Sipernat silica-based microbeads are a replacement for polyethylene microbeads in cosmetics. and cleaning products. 20 November 2014
Essentra, the UK-based plastic packaging group, has announced that one of its subsidiaries has bought the Specialist Packaging Division (SPD) of the private equity-owned Clondalkin Group, the Netherlands-based packaging firm. The acquisition – the largest in Essentra’s history – values the Clondalkin SPD operation at approximately $455m (€365m) and would boost its presence in the pharmaceutical and healthcare packaging markets, particularly in North America and Europe. 12 November 2014
Medical moulder Gerresheimer has launched a development centre for medical plastic systems in Dongguan, China. 27 October 2014
Germany-based medical packaging specialist Gerresheimer has announced that it is expecting 4% to 6% growth in sales for 2016-2018. 15 October 2014
As health care workers around the world battle the spread of Ebola, plastics processors are doing their part — ramping up production and even giving products away. 13 October 2014
West Pharmaceutical Services has announced a major investment in a new manufacturing facility in Waterford, Ireland, which has been described as “a massive boost” by Enda Kenny, the Irish Taoiseach (prime minister). The facility will initially produce packaging components for insulin injector cartridges and other packaging components. Following a later expansion, the plant eventually could employ 250 to 300 people and will involve a total investment in the range of €100m, the US group said. 3 October 2014
Danish healthcare sector compounder Melitek has completed a major capacity expansion and unveiled a new polymer and elastomer (TPE) compounding line at its plant near Alslev, Denmark. 29 September 2014
Surgical products manufacturer Teleflex Medical has plans to invest in the expansion of its production operation in the Czech Republic. 24 September 2014

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