Plastics compounder PolyOne is eyeing the medical-device sector, as it characterizes a "growing market with less hills and valleys," said Larry Johnson, health care marketing director at the company. PolyOne has shown its commitment to the market with last year's purchase of medical compounder New England Urethane and its introduction of medical-grade products at a recent trade show. However, focusing on medical materials "isn't easy, and it's going to get harder with new regulations," Johnson said.

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