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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics buys Applied Bioprocess Containers

By: Gayle S. Putrich

March 11, 2013

AURORA, OHIO -- Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has acquired Applied Bioprocess Containers (ABC), a Plymouth, Minn.-based supplier of medical single-use containers and fluid transfer systems, the companies announced March 7.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

ABC specializes in the design and manufacture of single-use storage vessels, particularly bags, designed for the preparation, collection, storage and transportation of biopharmaceutical liquids, as well as single-use fluid transfer assemblies, including tubing and connectors.

The ABC purchase is the third plastics technology and sterile fluid handling-related acquisition in recent months for French-owned Saint-Gobain, which has its U.S. headquarters in Aurora, Ohio.

Saint-Gobain acquired Twin Bay Medical Inc. in November 2012 after partnering with the Williamsburg, Mich., manufacturer of single-use, leak-proof seals and components such as the BarbLock flexible tube retainer for more than a decade. Then, in January, Saint-Gobain announced the acquisition of American Fluoroseal Corp., a Gaithersburg, Md.-based manufacturer of fluoropolymer bags for medical use, cryopreservation and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

"[ABC] does fit with the strategy we have always had in place and have been executing externally lately," said Aaron Updegrove, Saint-Gobain's marketing manager for medical fluid systems. "We have always been very focused overall in the molding and extrusion and custom fabrication world and now we're branching that out in the fluid path."