The following briefs were compiled by Plastics News reporter Steve Toloken at the Medical Design and Manufacturing West and Pacific Design Engineering shows, held Jan. 26- 28 in Anaheim, Calif.
Teknor Apex touts its new flexible PVC
Teknor Apex Co. has introduced a flexible PVC with what it claims is advanced heat stabilization that produces good resistance to gamma irradiation while maintaining throughput beyond what is achievable with conventional PVC.
Teknor Apex introduced the new heat stabilization at MD&M West, and has been making it for about three months, said Peter Galland, medical industry manager for Pawtucket, R.I.-based Teknor.
The new grades will be priced up to 1 cent per pound more than existing counterparts, he said.
Kelcourt Plastics adds space, two extruders
Custom medical tubing extruder Kelcourt Plastics Inc. added two extrusion lines and tripled the size of its Nogales, Ariz., plant this summer, giving it 30,000 square feet and five lines in the facility.
The expansion will serve the burgeoning medical device manufacturing factories on the Mexican side of the U.S. border, said Patrick Mickle, president of San Clemente, Calif.-based Kelcourt.
Kelcourt has 12 extrusion lines in its two factories. The firm does not disclose sales, Mickle said.