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Simplified branding for line of cleanroom products
Kimberly-Clark Professional (Roswell, GA) plans to consolidate its cleanroom products under the KIMTECH PURE* brand name to make it easier for customers worldwide to select its products for cleanroom environments. The new branding system will consist of: the KIMTECH PURE* brand name; an alpha-numeric product selection formula; and a short description of the product. The initial step will be to transition all cleanroom gloves to the KIMTECH PURE* brand with cleanroom masks to follow at a later date. While the brand name and packaging will change, the products themselves will not. For more information, visit

Life science firm acquires Germany-based engineering company

NNE, an international life science engineering and consultancy company, has reached an agreement with the Fresenius ProServe healthcare group to acquire its subsidiary, the Germany-based engineering company Pharmaplan GmbH. The two companies will unite under the name of NNE Pharmaplan. Both NNE and Pharmaplan operate in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and by joining forces they will be able to offer an all-encompassing portfolio of consultancy and engineering services in all markets significant to the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaplan brings its expertise in delivery of turnkey facilities, validation and key pharmaceutical processes, while NNE offers expertise in areas such as biotechnology, cleanroom and automation. NNE Pharmaplan will be headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, but will have a significant European hub in Pharmaplan’s current offices in Oberursel, Germany, near Frankfurt.

Wiper maker recognized for contribution to space program

Milliken & Co.’s Monarch plant was honored recently for its contribution to the space shuttle program. A representative of ATK Space Launch Systems visited the plant on behalf of NASA to recognize Monarch associates for their production of Anticon wipers, which are used to clean-wipe the metal cases of the shuttle’s Reusable Solid Rocket Motor (RSRM) prior to assembly. The wipers must be produced in a completely dust-free, lint-free environment to prevent contamination during the RSRM assembly process. Keeping the RSRMs contamination-free prevents a “fuse path,” which could cause an early burn-through on the boosters, from forming.