Heather Thompson, Senior Editor
As is the case with many medical device industry suppliers, Trelleborg has engaged in a spate of acquisitions to better serve the growing needs of its OEM customers for drug-device combo products and more.
Last year, Trelleborg, Sweden–based Trelleborg announced the acquisition of Tustin, California–based Specialty Silicone Fabricators. They’ve made three other acquisitions over the past year to better serve customers in medtech as well as other areas: New Berlin, Wisconsin–based Anderson Seal, an El Segundo, California-based subsidiary of CoorsTek, and Charlotte, North Carolina–based distributor Carolina Seal.
We caught up with Trelleborg representatives this week at the annual MD&M West conference and expo, where they’re exhibiting at Booth #1605, and asked them how the mergers are going and what trends they’re seeing.
“Fortunately for us, silicone is a marvelous vehicle for revolution, because of the properties it has. … What the beauty of that, if I bring it all closer to home, before Trelleborg got SSF, SSF had very limited means. To promote drug-device combination products, [SSF] needed to stay close to home. … We’ve got this opportunity to market this to huge markets, way beyond what SSF did. It is one of the biggest areas for growth in the next 2 to 5 years,” said Drew Rogers, Trelleborg’s global segment director for healthcare and medicine.