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Amendia Adds Manufacturing Expansion to List of Major Strategic Moves

Amendia, a vertically-integrated U.S. spinal implant company, has expanded its manufacturing facility in Marietta, Georgia to support growth in multiple capabilities, such as manufacturing, surgeon training and R&D efforts.   

The expansion comes on the heels of several major announcements from Amendia. In early 2015, Amendia acquired Custom Spine, SpineSelect, Baxano Surgical’s iO-Flex and iO-Tome, and announced a strategic venture to develop Promimic’s HAnano surface technology. In April 2016, private equity firm Kohlberg & Company acquired majority ownership in Amendia, and in June 2016, the company named Chris Fair, a spine industry veteran and investment manager, as its President and CEO. 

Amendia is one of multiple spine companies focused on internal manufacturing expansion. Most notably, NuVasive and Globus have shifted their percent of in-house vs. outsourced manufacturing. In its 2Q16 earnings calls, NuVasive leadership said that its initiative to achieve 100% in-house manufacturing remains on track, with initial production slated to commence in August at a new Ohio facility, while Globus leadership said the company remains on schedule to grow in-house manufacturing capacity to 50% by 2018.

These in-house manufacturing strategies are largely attributed to companies’ beliefs that they’ll be better positioned to control operating margins.