Rehau Inc. plans to boost its presence in medical tubing with a new, $19 million plant in Germany.
Officials from Rehau in Leesburg, Va., said the new extrusion plant will expand its production capacity, add research and development capabilities and beef up its presence in North America, Europe and Asia.
The plant will be near the company's worldwide headquarters in Rehau, Germany.
The investment builds on Rehau's decision last year to sell its medical products in North America, after selling them for 30 years in Europe, said Kevin Clunie, product manager for the firm's medical business in North America. He was interviewed at Medical Design & Manufacturing West, held Jan. 6-8 in Anaheim.
Clunie said the firm will add extrusion lines, but he declined to say how many, or how many the firm has now. The 110,000-square-foot plant will consolidate medical manufacturing now done in two locations in Germany.
Rehau will add as many as 30 employees to the 70 in its medical division when the plant opens in late 2004. All production will be in Class 10,000 clean rooms.
The company began pushing its medical products in North America last year because its European customers want more global product supply and because the United States is the largest medical market in the world, Clunie said. The company doubled its tubing target for last year in North America, and projects increases this year, he said.
Rehau sells both thermoplastic tubing, including PVC and polyolefins, and silicones, in a variety of technologies, including multilumen, lay-flat and microbore.
In particular, Clunie said Rehau is seeing growth in its multilayer polyethylene and PVC light-blocking tubing and its silicone tubing used in infusion pumps and biopharmaceutical fluid handling.