CAMBRIDGE, England, June 4, 2009 - PartnerTech, one of Europe’s leading contract manufacturing companies, announced today that its rapid prototyping and new product introduction (NPI) facility in Cambridge, England, has received ISO 13485:2003 medical certification.
ISO 13485 is the international quality management standard for designers and manufacturers of medical devices. It is currently recognised in most major markets worldwide including the European Union, United States, Canada, Japan, and Taiwan and is a prerequisite for companies producing medical and biomedical products.
Gary Howse, managing director of PartnerTech’s UK operation, said: “This certification will help us to attract more medical and biomedical companies to our fast turnaround prototyping and NPI centre in Cambridge. The UK medical devices market is one of the world’s largest and medical OEMs expect their suppliers to have ISO 13485 certification as it demonstrates that their partner has the processes in place to produce safe and effective medical devices.”
PartnerTech has been designing and manufacturing medical and biomedical products for the past 15 years and this market is one of the company’s key business segments and accounts for almost one fifth of total sales. It has produced a vast array of different products from a mechanical heart compression system and a male fertility tester to a digestible drug delivery system and a melanoma diagnostic tool.
“This is a fast growing and dynamic sector where product innovation and speed to market is paramount,” said Steve Hartley, operations manager at PartnerTech’s Cambridge facility. “Medical device OEMs typically look for a financially sound partner with proven sector experience, and one that offers a broad range of product lifecycle services on their doorstep.
“We offer everything from clean sheet design, prototyping, NPI and test services to printed circuit board & system assembly and after market services,” added Steve Hartley. “As part of a global operation, we also have the ability to provide customers with a gateway to our other ISO13485-certified facility in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, or for those that want an offshore option, to transfer production to one of our low cost manufacturing facilities in either Poland or China.”
PartnerTech’s 1,400 square metre Cambridge site is one of the largest and best equipped rapid prototyping and NPI facilities in the region and has been providing high technology services from the Coldham’s Lane location for over a decade. The site boasts three high speed and high accuracy placement machines, all of which can accommodate package styles such as 01005, 0201, 0402, QFP, QFN, ball grid array (BGA), microBGA, and chip scale packages.
PartnerTech is one of Europe’s largest business-to-business contract manufacturing companies with manufacturing and customer centres in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, the UK, the United States and China. As a systems supplier, PartnerTech leverages its core expertise in combining electronics and mechanics, to enhance the profitability and competitiveness of its customers.
PartnerTech works in partnership with design consultancies and original equipment manufacturers in the point of sale, medical, instrumentation, industrial, defence, aerospace, maritime, IT and cleantech industries.
For more information about PartnerTech’s capabilities, please contact PartnerTech, College Business Park, Coldham’s Lane, Cambridge CB1 3HD. Telephone +44 1223 247477, fax +44 1223 244177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, visit www.partnertech.com.
PartnerTech develops and manufactures products under contract for leading companies, primarily in the telecommunications, IT, engineering and medical technology sectors. With some 1,600 employees at its plants in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland, the UK, the United States and China, PartnerTech reports annual sales of approximately SEK 2.5 billion. PartnerTech AB (www.partnertech.com), the parent company, is headquartered in Malmö and listed on the Nasdaq OMX Nordic Exchange Stockholm.
Martin Brooke (for PartnerTech in the UK)
Martin Brooke Associates
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 244500
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