MedPlast invests in upgrading China capabilities

Rebecca Kanthor
PLASTICS NEWS CHINA

Published: October 2, 2013 12:41 pm ET
Updated: October 2, 2013 12:46 pm ET

Image By: Rebecca Kanthor, Plastics News Matt Langton and Tom Opielowski

Related to this story

Topics Medical, Injection Molding, Blow Molding, Extrusion, China

SHANGHAI — American medical molder and contract manufacturer MedPlast Inc. is investing several million dollars in its China plant, to expand its capabilities into blow molding, silicone and extrusion and keep up with growth there.

The company has purchased its first injection blow molding machine for its plant in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, and is in the process of transferring silicone technologies, said MedPlast China President Tom Opielowski, in an interview at the Medtec China trade fair, held Sept. 25-26 in Shanghai.

Next year extrusion capability will be added to the $38 million Suzhou operation, which will allow MedPlast to control 80-90 percent of the production process, he said.

In addition, the company, which is based in Tempe, Ariz., is adding a fourth class 8 clean room and a class 7 clean room in Suzhou, which will help MedPlast control production costs as well as open up some new opportunities, Opielowski said.

"It's part of an effort to be more vertically integrated for our customers' sake," he said. "We're spending a lot of money adding these technologies. The more that we can offer our customers the more opportunity we have for expansion and growth in China."

The new investment follows on the company's addition last year of 30,000 square feet of space and the moving of tooling operations to a new building next door to the original facility.

"We have a considerable amount of space and all that space is related to future growth," he said. "We're in one of those businesses where we can't wait for the business to come."

MedPlast Executive Vice President Matt Langton said the company remains very interested in China.

"China continues to be a very important part of our planned footprint," he said. "We're seeing nice double digit growth out of our facility right now."

One change from plans that MedPlast discussed at last year's Medtec in Shanghai is a change of the timeline to seek manufacturing certification from China's medical device agency, the State Food and Drug Administration.

"SFDA certification is going to be a little further off than what we anticipated," Opielowski said. "Most of our customers are foreign-based. They're more concerned about us being compliant with FDA, not SFDA."

MedPlast acquired the Suzhou operation last year when it bought fellow U.S. plastic molder and contract manufacturer United Plastics Group Inc.

MedPlast reported 2012 global sales of $222 million, with 400 injection and blow molding machines at 14 factories in the United States, China and Mexico.


Comments

MedPlast invests in upgrading China capabilities

Rebecca Kanthor
PLASTICS NEWS CHINA

Published: October 2, 2013 12:41 pm ET
Updated: October 2, 2013 12:46 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Traditional toys still have their place with kids, parents

December 24, 2014 11:16 am ET

In 2013, the domestic toy industry saw sales of $22.09 billion, said Adrienne Appell, spokeswoman for the Toy Industry Association Inc. of New York....    More

Chinese plastics industry in single-digit growth

December 24, 2014 9:20 am ET

China's plastics production for the first nine months of 2014 was 53.4 million metric tons, up 7.7 percent from 49.6 million metric tons in the same...    More

Auto suppliers announce expansion plans in Slovakia

December 24, 2014 9:11 am ET

Three auto suppliers in Slovakia have announced plans to expand in the country.    More

Image

Cretex buys California toolmaker

December 23, 2014 11:34 am ET

Medical device manufacturer JunoPacific Inc. has added tooling capabilities through the acquisition of Lawrence Tool and Engineering in California.    More

Image

Plastics News Now: Researchers repair meniscus tear with 3-D printing

December 23, 2014 6:00 am ET

As a holiday treat, we present a three-pack of 3-D printing stories, including a flowing dress, meniscus repair and a Star Wars droid replica.    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

Our latest RESEARCH report examines trends in FLEXIBLE PACKAGING impacting the North American market including a review of economic conditions, key drivers of growth, materials pricing, M&A activity, sustainability challenges and the outlook for 2015.

Learn more

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events