Medical product supplier Tyco Healthcare has separated from its international parent company Tyco International to become Covidien. The independent, publicly traded healthcare company is one of the biggest manufacturers and distributors of medical devices in the world with annual sales of $US 9.6 billion.

Covidien claims to have the broadest range of medical devices and associated services in Australia and New Zealand with a portfolio that includes disposable medical supplies, monitoring equipment and medical instruments. The new entity will continue to unite Tyco Healthcare’s extensive range of brand names, including Autosuture, Kendall, Mallinckrodt, Nellcor, Puritan Bennett, Syneture, and Valleylab.

“Customers can expect to see a full migration to the new Covidien logo over the next twelve months,” said Covidien Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand, Conrad Crighton.

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