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New VIC MedTech remanufacturing facility a win for circular economy

A new facility in Geelong for medical device remanufacturer, Medsalv, has the potential to bring new and sustainable remanufacturing to the Australian healthcare system.

Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas today opened the new manufacturing and R&D facility.

The project is expected to create 49 jobs over the next five years and is set to help bolster local medical supply chains as well as exports to potential markets in the Asia Pacific and Europe.

Minister for Economic Growth Tim Pallas congratulated Medsalv on the new facility.

“Congratulations to the Medsalv team on the opening of their new facility, which will deliver significant returns by bolstering our medical supply chains, providing jobs to those that need it most and will keep medical products out of landfill,” said Pallas.

“Medsalv’s decision to establish their remanufacturing and R&D facility in Victoria demonstrates our standing as a leader in advanced manufacturing and healthcare innovation.”

Last year, the Labor Government supported the extension of ManuFutures with a $10 million investment.

Dubbed ‘ManuFutures 2’, the new facility enables businesses to access product engineering services, incubator programs and spaces for training and collaboration.

The facility, located in ManuFutures at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus, will allow the company to remanufacture single-use medical devices from local Australian hospitals.

The process involves sorting, cleaning, testing, inspecting, packaging and relabelling of products to prevent them from going into landfill.

Medsalv’s product remanufacturing portfolio currently includes patient transfer mattresses, deep vein thrombosis prevention sleeves, blood pressure cuffs and tourniquets.

This is set to expand through its R&D activity, which will investigate new methods and technologies for remanufacturing other single-use medical devices.

Being part of the ManuFutures Hub will help Medsalv collaborate with other world-leading advanced manufacturing businesses and university researchers to develop, field test and make new products.

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