Bespak Inc. is investing nearly $10 million to expand its Cary, N.C., custom medical injection molding operation.
Bespak is building a 30,000-square-foot addition there to boost its clean-room molding and automated assembly area, according to Brien Johnson, director of operations. The $7 million facility will meet Class 100,000 standards and includes overhead cranes, a central materials-handling system and other equipment to ensure clean operations, Johnson said in a telephone interview.
Johnson said other investments include upgrading the existing Cary plant and buying four injection presses and new tooling for the addition. The addition, due for completion in the fourth quarter, will have enough space to house as many as 15 more presses, as demand dictates. Bespak now runs 28 presses.
Bespak needs the extra space and capacity because it has embarked on a major product development program with an undisclosed customer, Johnson said. He predicted the program will boost sales during the next several years. Bespak specializes in drug delivery devices and is not seeking any nonmedical custom molding business.
Bespak recorded total sales of $27 million, of which $12 million was for injection molding, for the year ended May 2. The firm, based in Apex, N.C., also operates a manufacturing plant in Youngsville, N.C. It is a subsidiary of Bespak plc of King's Lynn, England.