The most important trends in medical plastics in North America will be on full display at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA (Feb. 12 to 14). This section looks at development of the mega molders, in-home care, increased plastics implant applications, antimicrobials, cost containment, and specialized technology.
Mega molders. Growing technical and global coverage requirements are spawning development of a special class of molders, or plastics contract manufacturers as they prefer to be called. The trend has been accelerated by the entrance of venture capital funds anxious to invest in the industry. One example is Phillips-Medisize (booth 3011), which acquired Phillips Plastics in 2010 and used then added Medisize in 2011. Another example is MedPlast (booth 2801), which is helmed by former Milacron executive Harold Faig. Minnesota Rubber & Plastics (#1455) was recently purchased by Norwest Equity partners. Other major plastics processors at MD&M West West include Nypro, Mack Molding, Tech Group, Prent, Flambeau, Perfecseal, and O'Sullivan Films....