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VistaMed Expands Catheter Manufacturing Operation

Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim –August 21, 2013 – VistaMed, a leading extrusion and catheter provider to the medical device industry worldwide and a Helix Medical joint venture partner, is expanding their operations in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, Ireland to increase capacity due to the market’s increasing demand for sophisticated catheter systems. The 35,000 sq. ft. expansion of the facility includes 12,000 sq. ft. of cleanroom required to meet the growing need for diverse braided catheter assemblies as well as a new area dedicated to thermoplastic extrusion. VistaMed is also developing an engineering laboratory which will support the company’s growth in design and development projects and enhance the fast project turn-around time that customers currently enjoy.

“Over the last two years, VistaMed has made a significant investment in state-of-the-art extrusion equipment,” said Patrick Mulholland, Managing Director of VistaMed Ltd. “These new extrusion lines have allowed us tighter dimensional control together with superior control over tubing mechanical properties. The new equipment also supports our growing balloon catheter business and gives VistaMed increased capability to produce more complex balloons.”

The facility expansion will also increase capacity for VistaMed’s existing High Pressure Braided Tubing lines and will be the production center for a newly developed range of Extra High Pressure Braided Tubing. VistaMed expects to move into the expanded premises in November 2013.

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About VistaMed Ltd.

VistaMed, a Helix Medical joint venture company, is a leading extrusion and catheter provider to the medical device industry worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 and has two medical manufacturing operations in Ireland. Products produced in VistaMed’s cleanrooms include PTFE-lined guide catheters, steerable catheters, balloon catheters, endoscopic catheters, urological catheters, micro perfusion pain management catheters, as well as ancillary devices such as dilators and introducers. Working with PEEK, polyurethane, polycarbonate, nylon, and other thermoplastics, VistaMed offers single-lumen, multi-lumen, tri-layer and co-extrusion, micro-extrusion, bump, braided, and wire-reinforced tubing solutions for complex catheter systems. ISO 13485 and FDA registered.


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