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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
Nolato Medical has extended its controlled environment options to include a white room at its Nolato Contour plant in Baldwin, the US. 19 September 2014
Sabic has announced the use of its new polypropylene medical grade Sabic PP PCGR40 in a ultra clear PP liquid medicine dosage delivery system launched by pharmaceutical packaging company Bormioli Rocco. Sabic states that the new plastic will be mainly used by Bormioli Rocco to produce dosing cups that are more transparent and stronger than previous versions. 17 September 2014
Global technical moulder Nolato confirmed it plans to continue its policy of expanding its medical products business through organic growth and by acquisition. 6 August 2014
A new cheap way to run tests on medical and environmental samples has been developed using the plastic packaging staple – bubble wrap. George Whitesides at Harvard University, US, and his team conceived the idea when visiting labs in developing countries where they could not afford even basic equipment. 28 July 2014
Nolato Contour is expanding its multi-shot injection moulding capacity to meet growing demand in the medical market for multi-material devices. 26 June 2014
Austrian disposable health care products manufacturer Greiner Bio-One International is considering expanding its production facilities in Hungary. 25 June 2014

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