Healthcare packaging specialist strengthens offering

Sanner Group acquires Springboard

Springboard is based in the St. John's Innovation Centre in Cambridge. Image: Google Maps
Springboard is based in the St. John's Innovation Centre in Cambridge. Image: Google Maps

Global healthcare packaging manufacturer Sanner Group has acquired Cambridge-based Springboard, which specialises in the design and development of medical devices for regulated markets.

Sanner, also a medical device Contract Development and Manufacturing Organisation (CDMO), revealed its acquisition of Springboard last week, with filings at Companies House showing that changes in Springboard’s ownership took place on 20 December 2023.

Sanner said the deal was in line with its goal “to build a suite of world-leading services for its customers across the drug delivery, diagnostic and medtech device sectors”.

The addition of Springboard will boost Sanner Group’s in-house medical device development capabilities and see the establishment of a new “Design Center of Excellence” in the UK.

Hans-Willem van Vliet, CEO of Sanner Group, said: “Sanner Group has transformed from a market leader in desiccant closures and effervescent tablet packaging, to a sought-after provider of customer-specific solutions in the fields of medical technology, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare.

“The acquisition of Springboard further strengthens this offering, giving our customers deep expertise and support across the entire medical device development process, from initial concept design to commercial manufacturing.

“Springboard’s strong reputation for delivering exceptional concept through to manufacture design services, along with its ability to solve complex technical and scientific problems for its customers combined with an excellent culture, make this a highly complementary acquisition.

“We very much look forward to welcoming the Springboard team to the Sanner Group and delivering excellence at all stages of the product lifecycle.”

Bensheim, Germany-headquartered Sanner was founded in 1894 and has manufacturing facilities across Germany, France, Hungary, and China, It supplies its products to more than 150 countries globally and has more than 600 staff.

Springboard, meanwhile, employs 30 staff and has extensive in-house capabilities such as physics, electronics, software, and materials science.

Springboard’s expertise spans across drug delivery devices, such as autoinjectors, infusion pumps, inhalers, and syringes, and equipment and consumables in the fields of respiratory, surgical, critical care, implantables, diagnostics, and biotechnology.

Tom Oakley, director of Springboard, commented: “We are excited to join Sanner Group to form its Design Center of Excellence for medical device development.

“Our clients, from the largest multinational companies to the fastest growing start-ups, will not only be able to access design innovation based on first class scientific and engineering capabilities, but also benefit from integrated design for manufacturing.

“We can support every project from small-scale production for verification and clinical trials to full-scale serial production within the Sanner Group’s global manufacturing facilities.”

Sanner Group was advised by Alvarez & Marsal as financial advisors and Deloitte as tax structuring advisors with Norton Rose Fulbright acting as legal advisor.

Prism Corporate Broking and Integrity Tax advised Springboard, with HCR Legal acting as legal advisor.