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Johnson Electric forms global network for one-stop shopping.

Methuen, MA-based Johnson Electric, a provider of motion actuators, has announced the formation of Johnson Medtech, a global network that brings together the medical device design and manufacturing expertise of five existing Johnson Electric companies.

The Johnson Medtech network will offer medical device manufacturers a one-stop shop offering everything from design and prototyping to manufacturing capabilities, the company said. Dedicated, regional engineering teams from the United States, Germany, Japan, China and Israel will be available to customers; manufacturing will be conducted in the United States and Europe--and also at Johnson City, a 5 million square-foot facility in China with the capabilities of handling small prototype design assignments to the largest projects.

According to Johnson Electric officials, the Medtech network can help companies reduce development time by more than 50% and produce working prototypes in less than a month, if needed.

"Most medical device companies are spending too much time managing multiple suppliers, navigating the complexities of outsourced manufacturing and making engineering compromises. This impacts their time to market and profitability," said Jim Dick, senior vice president of Johnson Electric. "Johnson Medtech provides the solution for medical device manufacturers. Our local consulting and engineering services, combined with the most advanced manufacturing and prototyping processes, provide our customers a competitive edge. Our focus is on design for manufacturability and complete vertical integration."

In addition to Johnson Electric's facilities and expertise in micro-motors, solenoids, switches, sensors, flexi-circuits and device assembly, Johnson Medtech is comprised of the following component brands: Parlex, a provider of design, prototyping, assembly and custom manufacturing for flexible circuits and non-invasive sensors; Johnson Motor, a manufacturer of DC micromotors and gear motors; Ledex, a manufacturer of precision solenoids; Nanomotion, a developer and manufacturer of ceramic servomotors, precision positioning systems and piezo motion solutions for microscopy and surgical applications; and Saia, a provider of stepper motors and micro-switches for medical subsystems.

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