CLINTON, MASS. — Nypro Inc. is trying to give focus to its automotive molding business, establishing a group with global aspirations and naming Larry Bell as the group's business manager.
Nypro's automotive business now amounts to $60 million per year, about 12 percent of the company's anticipated 1999 sales. Other Nypro groups supply multinational companies in the medical and health-care, electronics-telecommunications and other markets, said Randy Barko, vice president of marketing and sales.
Bell formerly was a marketing director with GE Plastics and has experience in marketing custom molding to automotive clients. He is based in Nypro's Clinton headquarters.
Nypro aims to take on major automotive contracts on a global basis, molding the same parts in multiple locations. Other Nypro segments perform in this manner now.
The effort extends Nypro's 1997 joint venture with the owners of Louisville, Ky.-based DJ Inc. The venture operates plants there and in El Paso, Texas, and Hazard, Ky.
Nypro employs 5,500 and operates more than 800 injection molding machines at 24 plants in 11 countries. The company had 1998 sales of $389.3 million.