Merger establishes new tier packaging engineering firm

October 16, 2007 — EDISON, NJ — TCP Reliable, a thermal packaging solutions manufacturer and DDL, the leading package testing services firm have announced a merger, making the combined company the leading packaging engineering group specializing in the medical device and biopharmaceutical industries. DDL and TCP will continue to operate their testing and manufacturing separately with DDL as a wholly owned subsidiary of TCP Reliable.

“The true benefit of this merger for our clients is access to a wider array of services custom suited to their growing needs,” states Patrick Nolan, COO of DDL. “Particularly, our clients will be able to confidently consolidate both their testing and manufacturing objectives.”

This powerful new collaboration between packaging testing pioneers DDL, specializing in medical device testing and TCP, a full service temperature controlled packaging manufacturer, will answer the growing needs of both firms client bases.

“The TCP and DDL combination offers the most complete range of distribution packaging engineering services and solutions to the fast growing medical device and the biopharmaceutical segments of the health care industry,” states Maurice Barakat, president and CEO of TCP Reliable. “Our increased technical depth and size will allow us to provide coast to coast service in meeting the requirements of the most demanding players in the health care industry through our six company owned sites in the US and Canada”
In the rapidly expanding medical device industry, the need for specialized packaging is vital to the increasing complexity of devices and combination products. Earlier this year, DDL acknowledged the need to expand into new areas of the packaging lifecycle by launching its package development and prototyping services. Hence, an evolution into manufacturing seems only natural.

About TCP Reliable
Founded in 1990, TCP Reliable is a complete packaging solution provider specializing in the field of temperature controlled packaging. From needs assessment to package qualification, TCP handles packaging projects with one paramount goal: maintaining the integrity of your products. The materials and manufacturing processes cover the spectrum from insulated shippers to manufacturing phase change materials and temperature monitors. Services are performed in strict conformance with ISO 9001:2000, ISTA and ASTM test methodology, and FDA good manufacturing practices. The TCP Reliable main complex in Edison, NJ, incorporates 70,000 sq. ft. of state-of-the-art design, testing, and manufacturing facilities. TCP maintains additional manufacturing facilities in Arkansas as well as Montreal and Vancouver through its Cryopak subsidiary.

About DDL
DDL offers expert package testing, product testing and material testing services including shock testing, vibration testing, tensile testing, leak testing, and validation services. Additionally, DDL provides expert package design, development and prototyping services for those clients who desire to outsource their package development function. DDL package testing clients find value through its growing suite of PackServices: PackAdvice, a zero-cost package testing consulting service, and PackReview, a DDL approved certification to demonstrate compliance with ISO 11607 (clause 7). DDL Testing Services maintains full service testing labs in Minnesota and southern California. DDL’s package design, development and prototyping services are offered to support national clients through staff and operations based in southern CA.


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