Nypro Asheville Inc. of Asheville, N.C., will double custom molding capacity when it moves into its new, 136,000-square-foot plant in August. The Asheville arm of Nypro Inc. sold its present 55,000-square-foot facility about five years ago, and has been leasing it, said Kim Simpson, general manager of the plant. Nypro began building a new plant in Asheville in July.
The molder will relocate its 31 injection molding machines and add 29 more, all Nisseis and Netstals with clamping forces of 80-300 tons, Simpson said in a telephone interview. About 40 machines will operate in a Class 100,000 clean room, molding mostly medical, but some consumer, products, he said.
For now its medical molding includes intravenous and breathing apparatus parts. The unit also makes battery components for Duracell Inc.'s North Carolina operation, and 31/2-inch floppy diskettes out of polystyrene for Verbatim Corp. of Charlotte, N.C. The unit's sales were about $15 million for the year ending June 30, Simpson said.
The new plant will bring mold building to Nypro Asheville's current mold-repair capabilities, making it more of a turnkey site for customers, Simpson said. There also is space for assembly and other secondary services, but the unit will pursue that route only as the opportunity arises, he said.
Nypro Asheville's manufacturing recently received ISO 9002 certification.