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Medical Plastics

Overview Industry Overview:

There is no doubt that the adoption of plastics technology has revolutionized the healthcare industry. From IV and blood bags to diagnostic machines and prosthetic limbs and joints, medical plastics play a huge role in both extending our lives and enhancing our quality of life. Child-resistant caps and time-release capsules improve the safety and efficiency of our pharmaceuticals, while surgical gloves and disposable syringes reduce risk of infection and cross-contamination.

Innovations in the medical plastics industry continue to transform healthcare, with breakthroughs such as polycarbonate surgical tools, plastic skin patches to replace painful injections, bioresorbable heart stents, and 3-D printing of prostheses. These improvements work from both sides of the system, improving patients’ quality of life while simultaneously making procedures simpler for the attending nurses and physicians that carry them out. They also appease administrators, who enjoy the benefits of reduced costs as well as happier, more satisfied employees and customers.

App Common Applications:

  • Autoclaving
  • Bio-compatibility
  • Clarity
  • Coloring
  • Compounding
  • Electrical properties, insulation
  • Extrusion
  • Formulation
  • Germicides, disinfectants, sterilants
  • Lubrication
  • Machining (forming, molding, extrusion)
  • Material purity, standard values
  • Mechanical properties
  • OEM
  • Packaging
  • Resistance – chemical, cracking, creep, radioactivity, hydrolysis, wear
  • Regulation – FDA, USP, ISO
  • Semi-finished products
  • Stability – heat, dimensional etc.
  • Stiffness
  • Strength – torsional etc.
  • Traceability
  • Tribological properties

Solutions Solutions:

With almost 35 years as a top plastics industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top plastics talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.

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Medical Plastics


The typical positions, roles and/or functions our search consultants serve include:

Sales Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
R & D Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration and Finance Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Executive Level Management Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Investment Experts Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)

The Ropella Group introduced me to a high caliber senior executive from a leading company in the chemical industry, who proved to be the top candidate in our search process.  Having hired this individual, I am delighted to confirm we have an excellent professional and true talent in our team.  Clearly Ropella knows how to assess and position talent in the chemicals market.

Executive Vice President - Chemtura
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