3M announced today it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Articulos de Papel DMS Chile, a Santiago, Chile-based manufacturer of disposable surgical packs, drapes, gowns and kits. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
This acquisition builds on 3Mâ€™s core medical business and expands its full-line of disposable drapes for infection prevention in Latin America. Disposable packs, drapes, gowns and kits enable a sterile environment in the operating room, which is critical to minimizing exposure to bacterial contamination for patients and medical professionals.
â€œThe addition of DMS Chile will allow us to combine local know-how with 3Mâ€™s international expertise in infection prevention to deliver a wide range of value-added products to health professionals in Latin America,â€ said Chuck Kummeth, division vice president, 3M Medical Division. â€œExpanding our portfolio in this manner is directly aligned to our goal of continuing to be a leading and innovative partner with our health professionals,â€ added Fred Schiller, managing director, 3M Chile.
â€œ3M is renowned for its quality standards and technology platforms in the medical industry, and is a natural fit to help expand this business regionally,â€ said Patricio Olivares, general manager, DMS Chile.
Since inventing Ioban antimicrobial incise surgical drape more than 30 years ago, 3M has been a worldwide leader in developing health care products and services that address infection control. 3M Health Care, one of 3Mâ€™s six major business segments, is dedicated to improving the practice, delivery and outcome of patient care and is a leading provider of solutions for medical, oral care, drug delivery and health information markets.