Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics buys American Fluoroseal Corporation

Expands into vessels or bags used in cell culture applications

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has acquired American Fluoroseal Corporation (AFC), a Maryland-based manufacturer of fluoropolymer bags for medical use and sterile sampling systems for pharmaceutical manufacturing processes. No financial details were revealed.

AFC operates from Gaithersburg where both engineering and manufacturing are located.

AFC is said to be a pioneer in the design and use of fluorinated ethylene propylene bags and has been producing solutions for more than 20 years. The company’s products include Vuelife culture bags; KryoSure cryopreservation bags and KryoVue cryopreservation overwrap pouches.

Michael Cahill, vice president of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics’ Fluid Systems division in which the AFC business will be integrated, said: ‘This acquisition is complementary to the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics film production and single use systems for biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

‘AFC now expands our product offering into the area of vessels or bags, which are used in very specific cell culture applications. Thanks to Saint-Gobain’s global reach, combining the companies will allow us to partner with our global customers wherever they operate.’

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics is headquartered in Aurora, Ohio. The company employs 4,500 people in 16 countries. Its product offer includes films, foams, coated fabrics, bearings, seals and fluid systems.

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