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Thermoformer Flexpak adds equipment, eyes growth in Mexico

By: Roger Renstrom

February 13, 2014

ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Custom thermoformer and contract packaging firm Flexpak Corp. of Phoenix added two Keyence Corp. model 5120 laser markers in December and plans, during 2014, to seek certification under the ISO 13485 medical standard.

Flexpak will use the device for secondary operations to print kit surgical instructions, part numbers or a logo or brand identification on a tray, Steven Murray, Flexpak president and CEO, said Feb. 11 in an interview at the Medical Design & Manufacturing West trade show in Anaheim.

In December, Flexpak completed an exclusive sales and distribution agreement with the warehousing and supply chain management firm TriMedEx LLC of Tijuana, Mexico, enabling Flexpak to expand its Mexico presence in the Tijuana medical device market.

About 40 percent of Flexpak's current business is generated in the Mexico markets for Hermosillo, Reynosa and Nogales.

Tom Flannery, TriMedEx founder and president, said the agreement is a possible first step toward a full-scale Flexpak medical device thermoforming operation in Tijuana.

Flexpak employs about 60, occupies 82,000 square feet including a controlled environment of 13,000 square feet and projects 2014 sales of $11 million.

The fully integrated manufacturing facility is registered under ISO 9001:2008.