Applied Plastics Announces addition of PTFE Natural® Coated Hypotubes to Online Webstore

NORWOOD, MA –– Applied Plastics LLC, a portfolio company of Vance Street Capital, is excited to announce the addition of PTFE Natural® coated hypotubes to the online webstore. PTFE Natural® is a proprietary coating process that delivers the industry’s most lubricious and durable coating to support advanced catheter design.

Currently, the online store offers 100+ PTFE coated mandrels and fine wire sizes ranging from 0.007” – 0.100” in diameter. The expanded product offering will include PTFE Natural® coated hypotubes in French sizes ranging from 15 (.197”) to 30 (.393”).  PTFE coated hypotubes are available in 60” lengths and every shipment includes a Certificate of Compliance. The large diameter hypotubes are ideal for structural heart and electrophysiology manufacturing applications.

“Over the past two years, the webstore’s availability of PTFE Natural® coated mandrels and fine wire has been well received by our customers. Based on market feedback, we are excited to add large diameter hypotubes to broaden our product offering to support catheter research and development.  The online store continues to be an easy and fast method for design engineers to access PTFE Natural® coated products,” said Tom Barrett, CEO of Applied Plastics.

Discover the PTFE Natural® Difference by shopping online or submit your inquiry to [email protected].

Watch our video featuring Dave Ring, Tom Barrett and Barry Schnur to learn more about how Applied’s customers benefit from the PTFE Natural® Difference.

About Applied Plastics – founded in 1953, Applied Plastics serves customers worldwide in the medical device industry with their trademarked PTFE Natural® coating which is applied to a variety of metals, including stainless steel, nitinol and silver-plated copper. Applications of use include mandrels, pull wires, core wires, hypotubes, stylets and guidewires Applied Plastics supplies PTFE coated mandrels, fine wire and hypotubes to customers globally ranging from large OEMs and contract manufacturers to R&D startups. Their coated products are widely used in high-growth microcatheter segments such as cardiovascular, electrophysiology (EP), neurovascular, peripheral vascular and structural heart. For more information, visit

About Vance Street Capital – Vance Street Capital is a middle-market private equity firm focused on investing in highly engineered solutions businesses across the medical, aerospace, defense and industrial sectors. For more than two decades, Vance Street’s partners have worked with management teams and family owners to accelerate revenue growth, improve operations and acquire strategic assets for the companies in their investment portfolio. For more information, visit

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Superior medical devices require superior coatings.

Our proprietary PTFE Natural® coated mandrels offer unmatched benefits.


Low Coefficient of Friction

PTFE Natural® coatings provide a coefficient of friction generally in the range of 0.05 to 0.20, depending on the load and sliding speed.



PTFE Natural® coatings can operate continuously at temperatures up to 550°F and can be used for intermittent service up to 600°F with adequate ventilation.



Non-Stick Very few solid substances will permanently adhere to a PTFE Natural® coating. While tacky materials may show some adhesion, almost all substances release easily.



Chemical environments usually do not affect a PTFE Natural® coating. Only molten alkali metals and highly reactive fluorinating agents are known to affect this coating.



The proprietary PTFE Natural™ coating process enhances the substrate bonding surface to provide optimum lubricity without flaking or cracking.



Since PTFE Natural® finishes are both hydrophobic and oleophobic, cleanup is easier and more thorough.