Applied Plastics Announces Erik Wendehost as Director of Sales

ErikNORWOOD, MA –– Applied Plastics LLC, a portfolio company of Vance Street Capital, is pleased to announce that Erik Wendehost has accepted the role of Director of Sales. Erik brings over 18 years of business development and technical solutions expertise in the medical device industry with a focus on highly engineered interventional components and devices.

“I am excited for Erik to join the Applied Plastics’ team. Erik has excellent experience in the advanced catheter market where he will continue to add value and support to our customers. In this role, he will also lead the expansion of our Webstore, identifying other PTFE Natural® products integral to our customer needs”, said Tom Barrett, CEO of Applied Plastics. “Erik’s strong market knowledge and deep customer involvement with technical teams and design engineers will continue to propel PTFE Natural® as the preferred PTFE coating solution for catheter components and mandrels.”

Prior to joining Applied Plastics, Erik was the Technical Solutions Director for Spectrum Plastics. Erik has a B.S in Biological Sciences from the University of California Irvine and an MBA from California State Long Beach.

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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.