Plastics News senior reporter Joseph Pryweller wrote the following items from the Medical Design & Manufacturing East show, held June 13-15 in New York.
Minnesota Rubber changes its name
Minnesota Rubber has a new name that better reflects its plastics work and a new venture in micromolding.
The Butler, Wis.-based company changed its name to Minnesota Rubber & Plastics Corp., or MRPC, said President Thomas Brunner. MRPC molds custom medical parts from both silicone rubber and thermoplastics, Brunner said. The company changed its name because potential customers did not realize it performed plastics molding.
MRPC also has purchased a 5-ton Toshiba injection press to micromold parts, Brunner said. That work is just launching. MRPC had done some micromolding projects in the past but did not have equipment dedicated to the process, he said.
MRPC is owned by Minneapolis-based Quadrion Corp., a holding company of medical parts products that also owns QMR Plastics of River Falls, Wis., and S&W Plastics LLC of Eden Prairie, Minn. It bought S&W in early May.
Together the three companies recorded more than $100 million in annual sales last year, according to Plastics News rankings.
Integrity entering medical marketplace
Integrity Plastics Inc. is making a move into the medical market with specialized processes, bolstered by a large expansion to be completed this summer.
The Denver, Pa.-based company will add 25,000 square feet to its 35,000-square-foot facility, giving it space for new medical and customized molding work, said Integrity President Ralph Cook.
Integrity has added a Class 100,000 clean room for medical projects and expanded its offerings into soft-touch applications. Medical parts account for about 20 percent of Integrity's business, with the rest coming from electronics and industrial customers.
Precision molding work gives Integrity an opportunity to expand in those medical and pharmaceutical applications. The firm just added a 400-ton and two 150-ton presses, all Engels.
Plans involve adding another 10,000 square feet to the site in two years. Integrity will boost its ranks from 33 to 42 by July 31, when the addition is completed.
Integrity acquired the space when medical-device maker Precision Medical Products Inc. moved in the spring. Integrity and Precision had shared space.
Integrity recorded about $8 million in 2004 sales, according to Plastics News rankings.
Northeast Mold adds space, equipment
Northeast Mold & Plastics Inc. has expanded its plant and added another two-shot molding machine as it continues to grow its multicomponent parts business.
In a recently completed project, the Glastonbury, Conn., firm added 5,000 square feet, bringing the total to 20,000 square feet, said President Maury Bodeau.
The company also installed an 80-ton, two-shot Arburg injection press, the third multishot unit it has added to the facility since 2003, Bodeau said. The company also has 220-ton and 250-ton two-shot machines.
Northeast Mold makes two-shot parts for medical, automotive and consumer customers. Many of the new two-shot parts will be used for automotive instrument panels and other interior components, he said.
The family-owned firm now has 18 presses with clamping forces from 28-350 tons, Bodeau said. While the company also makes tools for its in-house parts, a larger part of its business comes from custom injection molding.
Northeast Mold recorded about $5 million in sales last year, according to Plastics News rankings.
Premold expanding Wisconsin facility
Reaction injection molder Premold Corp. is expanding again, four years after moving to a larger site in Wisconsin.
The company will add 10,000 square feet to its plant in Oconomowoc, Wis., a project to be completed by year's end, said President Ken Schweitz. The expansion increases Premold to 30,000 square feet. The firm also is boosting decorating and assembly functions. It will invest less than $1 million in the expansion.
Premold also has expanded into cosmetic medical parts, such as soft-touch applications. The company molds polyurethane parts for a variety of industries.
Premold employs 33.
Bunzl dubs spinoff Filtrona Extrusion
Bunzl plc's former profile extrusion unit has changed its name to Filtrona Extrusion, after the London-based parent spun off the operation as a separate company.
Filtrona operates a medical-tubing operation in Athol, Mass. The new name is the largest change the company has made so far, said Ray Hackney, Filtrona president for extrusion.
Bunzl spun off Filtrona this spring. The new firm includes Bunzl Extrusion Inc., a profile, tubing and sheet extruder in Colonial Heights, Va. Filtrona has nine North American plants in several end markets and did estimated sales of $146 million last year.