The SBA welcomes new members - 01 May 2018

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The Sterile Barrier Association (SBA) is pleased to announce that All Flex of Italy joined the SBA as a new member, strengthening the SBA’s role in the healthcare industry. The mission of the SBA is to be the recognised expert association in the healthcare industry, promoting the use of and providing education on the most suitable single use sterile barrier systems to ensure patient safety.

Alessandro Cattini, Managing Director of All Flex, points out that “All Flex is a converting company focused in medical packaging. All Flex has two manufacturing locations as Business Continuity Plan: one in Carpi, Italy and the other in San Marino, located nearby. These facilities are similarly equipped and offer support to each other. The business is accredited to ISO 9001.

The company's roots stretch back to 1938 when the Albertazzi family established their first packaging company. Today All Flex is a dynamic company driven by a management team with an extensive packaging pedigree. Whether printing film, paper or polyolefine substrates or manufacturing film laminates for flowrap, thermo-formable, barrier or pouch applications, All Flex has a strong exporting tradition and counts many overseas companies amongst its customer base.”

Neenah Inc., USA, became member of the SBA through the acquisition of Coldenhove Papier in 2017, the member company operating under the name Neenah Coldenhove.  Jay Baxter, Marketing Director Performance Materials, explains, that “the acquisition of Coldenhove by Neenah strengthens both entities’ positions in the Healthcare market.  Furthermore, the merger of Coldenhove and Neenah attests to the strategic position that Medical Packaging has within Neenah Performance Materials.”

Most of the SBA members manufacture in Europe, many are global companies. All members are registered to ISO 9000 or recognised higher level quality management systems and many incorporate elements of GMP in their protocols. 75% are certified to EMAS or ISO 14001 as an environmental management system.