Prestigious 2012 award underscores ECA’s commitment to providing industry leading single procedure instruments for Sorin Group’s pacemakers and cardioverter defibrillators

Thousand Oaks, CA.—ECA Medical Instruments, the leading designer and manufacturer of single-procedure torque-limiting and fixed-driver surgical instruments and procedural kits for the medical industry and surgeons worldwide, announced today the company was named Sorin Group’s 2012 Supplier of the Year. Sorin Group (MIL:SRN) is a global medical company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.

The award was presented to John Nino, ECA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, and James B. Schultz, Executive Vice President, by Stefano DiLullo, President of Sorin’s Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) business unit during Strategic Supplier Day at Sorin’s Clamart facility outside Paris.

Sorin recognized ECA for its wide ranging support and increasing value to the company including product development, advanced technology, superior cost/benefit performance, on time delivery, quality and service and support. ECA, a major supplier to Sorin for nearly 20 years, provides precision torque-limiting surgical instruments for use in the company’s implantable pacemaker and cardioverter defibrillator (ICDs) product lines.

“This award is a tremendous honor for the ECA team and highlights our commitment to designing and delivering both the most advanced technology and highest quality surgical instruments to the Sorin Group,” said John Nino, ECA’s CEO. “Our business partnership with Sorin spans nearly two decades resulting in delivery of precision surgical instruments that must work perfectly every time with a Sorin implant knowing a patient’s life lies in the balance,” he said.

ECA makes a complete portfolio of standard and custom disposable torque-limiting and fixed-driver surgical instruments and multi-instrument surgical kits used to secure screws, fasteners and connectors for cardiac rhythm management (CRM), neuromodulation, cardiovascular and orthopaedic implants. The company is a principal supplier to major medical implant manufacturers worldwide including developers of pacemakers, defibrillators, ventricle assist devices and essentially every type of orthopaedic implant including spine, small bone, extremities, trauma, cranial-maxillofacial, knee, hip, shoulder and general reconstruction products.

About Sorin Group

Sorin Group ( is a global, medical device company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The Company develops, manufactures, and markets medical technologies for cardiac surgery and for the treatment of cardiac rhythm disorders. With 3,750 employees worldwide, the Company focuses on two major therapeutic areas: Cardiac Surgery (cardiopulmonary products for open heart surgery and heart valve repair or replacement products) and Cardiac Rhythm Management (pacemakers, defibrillators and non-invasive monitoring to diagnose and deliver anti-arrhythmia therapies as well as cardiac resynchronization devices for heart failure treatment). Every year, over one million patients are treated with Sorin Group devices in more than 80 countries.

About ECA Medical Instruments

ECA Medical Instruments, an American Capital company, was founded in 1979 and located in Thousand Oaks, CA. ECA is the industry leader in single-procedure torque-limiting instruments and surgical kits. The company has manufactured and delivered over 25 million precision torque instruments to the world’s leading producers of CRM, neuromodulation, cardiovascular and orthopaedic implants resulting in over 500 million precision surgical actuations. Every 22 seconds of everyday an ECA torque instrument is used to secure a medical implant—one patient at a time. ECA is an ISO 13485, CE Mark certified and FDA registered company and was named Business of the Year 2012 by the Pacific Coast Business Times. Find out more at our web site at