Nypro Inc. is investing more than $5 million to build a new contract manufacturing plant in Guangzhou, China, that is set to open in February.
Brian Jones, Nypro president and chief executive officer, said in a news release that the single-story plant will be 74,000 square feet when it opens, but will be expanded to 95,000 square feet within three months.
The expansion is being fueled by customer demand for electronics and telecommunications contract manufacturing, Jones said.
He also noted that demand for health-care products in China is increasing, too.
The full-service facility will include 35,000 square feet of space for injection molding, in-mold decorating, in-mold labeling, two-component molding and insert molding. It also will have 15,000 square feet for electro-mechanical assembly, 22,000 square feet for storage and maintenance and a 2,000-square-foot area for mold maintenance.
The site will house 60 fully robotic injection molding machines with clamping forces of 50-450 tons. At the start, it will employ about 250 people.
The plant is the 10th plastics design and manufacturing facility in China for Nypro, which is headquartered in Clinton, Mass. The firm already has a 63,000-square-foot, two-story contract manufacturing plant in Guangzhou. That plant has 38 presses and is having new chain-on-edge painting equipment installed. It has two robotic painting systems.
According to spokesman Al Cotton, the plant is the fifth new facility Nypro has announced in the past two months. ``There's still some more to go,'' he added.
The company is on pace for its 18th straight year of record sales. Nypro is expecting to post more than $900 million in sales this year. The firm is one of the largest U.S. employee-owned companies and has more than 12,000 workers.