TIJUANA, MEXICO — Nypro Inc. has boosted capabilities of Tijuana assembly and San Diego-area molding, tooling and engineering operations. The cross-border sites could generate 1999 sales of $25 million.
Joint venture Nypro Precision Assemblies Inc. rolled out Mexican hospitality Jan. 29 to recognize its fifth anniversary in Tijuana and highlight $200,000 of improvements, which included outfitting another building.
``Our primary objective was to develop a state-of-the-art clean room to offer to any medical company that required assembly services,'' said Fernando Velasquez, NPA president.
Velasquez and Nypro Inc. of Clinton, Mass., each own one-half of the maquiladora.
NPA enlarged its Class 100,000 clean room to 14,000 square feet, created a 3,000-square-foot controlled packaging environment and, in December, established a microbiological laboratory. New equipment performs radio-frequency welding, form-fill-seal operations and pad printing.
Novartis AG's nutrition unit in Minneapolis accounted for about 60 percent of NPA's sales of $10.8 million for its June 30 year-end. Velasquez forecasts NPA fiscal-1999 sales of $15 million.
A few blocks away, NPA leased 26,000 square feet and, since July, has used the facility to subassemble and decorate Sony and Qualcomm cellular telephones and assemble Rock Shox mountain bike shock absorbers, Diamond Light flashlights and other products.
NPA employs 700 now and had 350 one year ago. Operations are registered under ISO 9002 and EN 46002.
Meanwhile, Nypro San Diego Inc. is reconfiguring its Chula Vista, Calif., operations. About 55 percent of the precision molder's output directly involves NPA. The Nypro Inc. subsidiary plans on 34 machines where 21 existed in January 1998.
By early March, Nypro San Diego plans to begin bicomponent injection molding in a controlled environment within a portion of its 75,000 square feet. Three machines have arrived from other Nypro facilities, and space is allocated for a fourth bicomponent press. Each has 250 tons of clamping force.
Also, Nypro San Diego is purchasing two 175-ton Netstal Synergy units for either bicomponent or thin-wall molding, said General Manager Haskell Knight.
Nypro San Diego molds health-care parts in a Class 100,000 clean room. Electronic telecommunications and consumer industrial products are molded in another controlled-environment room. Each room can accommodate 14 presses of 60-300 tons.
Nypro San Diego employs 106 including a tooling manager and five tool makers. ``We built approximately 12 molds during 1998 and did two [tool] refurbishings and one mold in January,'' Knight said.