Plastics News correspondent Roger Renstrom collected the following briefs during the Medical Design & Manufacturing West show, held Feb. 9-11 in Anaheim, Calif.
Ireland's Creganna buys Tactx Medical
Creganna of Galway, Ireland, recently completed an acquisition that expands its technologies and services for minimally invasive medical delivery and access devices.
On Jan. 4, Creganna acquired Avalon Medical Services Pte. Ltd., which did business as Tactx Medical Inc. in Campbell, Calif. Terms were not disclosed. Together, Creganna and Tactx had 2009 sales exceeding $100 million.
Now known as Creganna-Tactx Medical, the company employs more than 800 and operates manufacturing facilities in Galway; Campbell; Marlborough, Mass.; Plymouth, Minn.; and Singapore.
Prior to the acquisition, Creganna employed 550 and Tactx 270.
This move represents a key step in Creganna's vision to build a leading global medical technology company, Helen Ryan, Creganna-Tactx Medical CEO, said in a statement.
M.R. Mold sells 3 cold-runner systems
M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp. of Brea, Calif., sold three of its $17,500 cycle-counter-equipped valve-gated cold-runner systems since introducing the product at NPE2009 in June.
Each system has spring-loaded Vanadis nozzle tips, gun-drilled airflow lines, an air terminal box with a Festo quick disconnect coupler and, for cleaning, a separate water jacket and nozzle.
President Rick Finnie founded the business in 1985 and has built a reputation for expertise in liquid silicone rubber molds and other tools. The firm has made more than 5,000 molds.
Recently, M.R. Mold added an OKK computer numerically controlled HM 600 system that Finnie said has a market value of $485,000. Finnie paid $285,000 for the repossessed CNC system, which was moved to Brea from a shop in Arizona.
M.R. Mold employs 22 and occupies 15,000 square feet, including 4,000 square feet in a technical center with three injection molding machines of 55-110 tons for mold testing and prototyping activities.
Alba micro presses head to Mexico plant
Alba Enterprises Inc. of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., sold two Babyplast micro injection molding machines to a Mexican plant owned by Black & Decker Corp. of Towson, Md. The machines will be used to process glass-filled nylon.
Chronoplast Sl of Barcelona, Spain, manufactures the machine. Rambaldi + Co. I.T. srl of Molteno, Italy, is the distributor. A related liquid silicone rubber cold-runner system is made in Germany.
Alba President Tony Brusca said he began exploring the technology in mid-2007, selling three Babyplast models and add-on injection units in early 2008. The basic machine costs $41,500 and, with add-ons, $44,000.
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