Johnson Precision adds plant

By Frank Antosiewicz
Correspondent

Published: February 9, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Injection Molding, Machinery, Molds/Tooling

HUDSON, N.H. (Feb. 9, 5:50 p.m. ET) — Highlighted by a customized Niigata all-electric machine running in its Class 8 clean room, Johnson Precision Inc.’s new 50,000-square-foot home offers plenty of efficiencies.

“We were in two buildings in Amherst — tooling and molding — but this gives us everything under one roof. We gain operating efficiencies. It reduces travel time. There’s better product flow. There’s even better communication among employees,” said President Jim Umland said at a Feb. 1 open house in Hudson.

The company leased the building, which had formerly been used by Thermo Fisher and spent the last half of 2011 getting it ready. The 15-mile move was staggered over three phases and Umland was eager to show customers and investors what it was offering now.

The highlight was a 5,000-square-foot clean room housing five presses including a newly installed Niigata MDVR55X vertical press with a rotary table. A Yushin sprue picker will be added soon. It is a part of program to overmold catheters for a multi-lumen drug-delivery application.

The building is set up for efficiency with the clean room, a major molding room, two assembly areas, a quality-control room as well as a tool room and offices.

“We knew we wanted to move to a world class facility,” said Umland.

The company focused on choosing an area that was convenient for the employees and its clients. All 60 employees made the move. The company picked out its best machines and now has 18 injection molding presses ranging from 28 to 200 tons in the new facility. It has an IQMS system and has spent a great deal of time training its staff in lean manufacturing and quality control.

Umland said that the company’s business is about 80 percent life sciences, including surgical supplies medical devices and analytical laboratory equipment.

“It is hard to get into see medical customers, but once you are in, you have to perform. If you can perform, there are a lot more opportunities,” he said.

The company had about $10 million in sales in 2011 and Umland expects that they will be able to reach $20 to $25 million in the next five to seven years.

Umland said that the new building culminates a process that he started when he purchased a West Lebanon, N.H. based prototype tool and short-run molding business in 2001 called CEPS, Inc. The company grew by adding value-added processes like assembly. In 2007, it formed joint ventures with Malaysia and China partners.

It partners with plants in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and Shenzhen, China, to provide more options on tooling and production. Umland said that it has built almost 200 molds in Asia the past five years.

The company bought Johnson Precision in January 2010, and the new combination led to the decision for the new facility.

Umland said that Johnson had a blue chip medical client list and that by adding Asian sourcing and value-added services such as assembly, pad printing and laser etching, it now has a better portfolio to deal with customer’s needs.


Comments

Johnson Precision adds plant

By Frank Antosiewicz
Correspondent

Published: February 9, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Negri Bossi's new owners may 'bring significant manufacturing' to US

April 16, 2014 1:09 pm ET

Italian plastics equipment major Negri Bossi may “bring significant manufacturing of injection molding machines back to the United...    More

Image

Polyair rebuilds from Sandy with help from Process Control

April 16, 2014 4:11 pm ET

Hurricane Sandy gutted Polyair Inter Pack Inc.'s Carlstadt, N.J., plant more than a year ago, and Brian Clawson won't soon forget the devastation.    More

Image

Adding flavor to capture sales

April 16, 2014 4:03 pm ET

Water bottles increasingly are designed and molded with filters and infusers to hold fruit, vegetables or herbs to give water a different taste.    More

New Tigre, ADS JV aims to open more doors for Tigre in US

April 16, 2014 12:15 pm ET

A new joint venture between Tigre S.A. Brazil, a leading PVC pipe maker, and Advanced Drainage Systems Inc., the world's largest high-density...    More

Image

Austria's Greiner building a foothold in the US rigid packaging market

April 15, 2014 1:22 pm ET

Greiner Packaging International GmbH, one of Europe's largest makers of rigid plastic packaging, now wants to make its mark in the United States.    More

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report provides analysis and discussions of economic and political conditions, market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies. In addition, there are reviews of 25 leading thermoformers in the packaging segment, assessing their growth initiatives and performance metrics over 10 years.

Learn more

Automotive Market Review and Outlook 2014 The Americas

This 75-page report features in-depth analysis of the automotive industry for the Americas. It includes discussions of market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting production and threats as well as design strategies being implemented by the major automakers. Detailed charts and data tables outline North American automotive production over the last five years.

Learn more

Plastics Building & Construction Market Review and Outlook 2014 with MS Excel chart data

This report provides in-depth analysis of the plastic building and construction market for North America, including discussions of trends, opportunities, threats and the latest developments in construction trends that impact plastics processors.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014Plastics in Medical Devices 2014

May 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014Plastics News Brazil Pharma Summit

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 3, 2015 - February 7, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events