PLYMOUTH, Mich., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Freudenberg-NOK General
Partnership announced today that it has acquired the assets of Helix
Medical, Inc. of Carpinteria, Calif. in order to expand the business of
elastomeric seals and custom molded products for the healthcare and medical
markets. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Helix Medical, Inc. was founded in 1984, by Edmund V. Seder and Edward
Jesle, and has grown to be a leading innovator, fabricator and supplier of
silicone components and products to the medical device, pharmaceutical and
biotech markets in North America and around the world.
Freudenberg-NOK is based in Plymouth, Mich. and is a world leading
manufacturer, offering precision-molded products for a variety of markets:
automotive, aerospace, appliance, diesel engine, agriculture and
construction, marine, healthcare and medical, off-highway equipment, oil
and gas, recreational vehicles and semiconductor markets.
Helix Medical, Inc. will continue to develop and manufacture custom
molded products, extruded silicone and voice restoration devices at the
Carpinteria, Calif. facility, located at 1110 Mark Ave. and will continue
to serve the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries through its sales and
marketing departments. As Helix Medical remains 100 percent dedicated to
the development, manufacturing and assembly of its product lines, it will
also continue to certify the products to ensure they meet the requirements
for the Quality System Regulation required by the FDA, which all registered
medical device facilities must meet.
InHealth Technologies, a division of Helix Medical, Inc., has been the
exclusive worldwide developer and manufacturer of Blom-Singer(R) voice
restoration products since 1989. InHealth Technologies will continue to
operate as a business unit under Helix Medical, LLC. According to
Freudenberg- NOK, the acquisition will allow InHealth Technologies to focus
on expanding their scope and quality of their product lines, while
leveraging the financial resources, extensive manufacturing and R&D
expertise of Freudenberg-NOK.
Jobeth Seder Erickson, vice president and general manager of InHealth
Technologies, believes the acquisition of Helix Medical will be a great
asset to InHealth Technologies' customers. "InHealth will now have greater
access to the resources and technologies needed to continue the development
of innovative products, which will allow InHealth Technologies to improve
the lives of laryngectomees throughout the world."
HelixMark and its custom molded services division have partnered with
many top tier medical device companies, while supplying them components and
products ranging from the medical specialty areas of neurosurgery to
chemotherapeutic delivery. "With the technical support and resources now
available, we expect to grow the business significantly," says Tom
Vassallo, vice president of sales and marketing. Mr. Vassallo will continue
his employment and will assume the role as the president of Helix Medical,
LLC, as both founders Edmund Seder and Edward Jesle retire.
"Freudenberg-NOK's goal is to grow in the medical component and device
markets, and this acquisition reflects our commitment to that vision," says
Dr. Jorg Schneewind, general manager of the special sealing products
division, Freudenberg-NOK. Dr. Schneewind goes on to say, "We acquired
Jenline in 2004 as the nucleus of our expansion into the healthcare and
medical markets, and it outgrew our expectations - we are currently
doubling the space in our Gloucester, Mass. facility to accommodate the new
business we have been awarded. With the addition of Helix Medical's product
expertise and sales team, and Freudenberg's technical and material
capabilities, we will employ the highest technology available, allowing us
to successfully meet our customers' everyday needs, worldwide."
Founded in 1989, Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership is the Americas
joint venture between Freudenberg & Co. in Germany (through its subsidiary
Freudenberg North America Limited Partnership, a Delaware limited
partnership) and NOK Corporation in Japan (through its subsidiary NOK
Incorporated, a Nevada corporation). Together, these companies make up the
world's largest producer of elastomeric seals and custom molded products.
Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership has annual revenues of approximately $1
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