West Chester, PA (PRWEB) October 23, 2012
The Medical Components Business of Johnson Matthey Inc. (Johnson Matthey Medical) today announced a partnership and exclusive supply agreement with Microfabrica Inc.(MFI), a leading provider of sub-millimeter scale, high precision metal components for industries that demand high precision manufacturing at a very small scale. MICA Freeform, MFI’s proprietary additive manufacturing process, will enable Johnson Matthey Medical to expand its existing portfolio of fabricated components made from platinum group metals and other specialty materials exclusively for the medical device industry.
This partnership will leverage the combination of JMI’s expertise in specialty metal products for medical device applications and MFI’s unique ability to fabricate high-precision metal parts, with complex geometries, at the sub-millimeter scale. JMI’s current portfolio of components includes catheter guide wires, radiopaque markers for stents, electrodes for cardiac rhythm and electrophysiology and nitinol for endoscopy, all of which can leverage the precision and scale of parts produced with MICA Freeform’s additive manufacturing process.
Commenting on the agreement, JMI’s General Manager Brian Woodward said, “The partnership with Microfabrica brings an exciting, novel manufacturing process into Johnson Matthey’s product portfolio that will significantly expand the metal component choices that we can offer our customers at the millimeter and sub millimeter scale.”
Eric Miller, CEO of Microfabrica stated, “Johnson Matthey is an ideal partner for us. We see our technology as a logical extension of Johnson Matthey Medical’s process and materials capabilities. Their domain expertise in medical device component manufacturing, combined with our ability to produce sub-millimeter, high precision components and assemblies, offers customers a unique and unrivaled ability to execute design challenges, regardless of scale.”
About Johnson Matthey Medical
Johnson Matthey Medical Components is a leading supplier of specialty and precious metal machined parts, tubing, wire and nitinol to the medical device industry. As a leader in sustainable technologies, the company’s products enhance the quality of life for millions of people around the world. For more information visit our website at http://www.jmmedical.com or contact John Morley, (610) 648-8067.
Microfabrica is an advanced technology company with a proprietary, additive fabrication process that yields high precision, robust metal parts at a scale not previously possible. The company works with demanding, high tech industries, including aerospace/defense, semiconductor test, and medical device, that can leverage of our ability to fabricate complex geometries in the sub-millimeter scale. Headquartered in Van Nuys, CA, Microfabrica is an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certified facility holding both ISO 9001-2008 and ISO 13485-2003 certifications. For more information, visit http://www.microfabrica.com, e-mail sales(at)microfabrica(dot)com or call (888) 964-2763.