By 2010, West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. plans to expand its Singapore production capability by 30 percent, adding 16 heating platens for compression molding. The company will invest $30 million in the project.
``This expansion will allow us to meet the growing needs of our pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers in the [Asia-Pacific] region,'' said Ron van Dijk, managing director of West's Singapore subsidiary and a regional vice president.
West is enlarging the plant to 141,600 square feet, from 108,300 square feet.
Established in 1983, the Singapore operation employs 404 and expects a 2008 increase to 470.
West Singapore molds elastomers to make medical components including syringe plungers and other parts for dental cartridges and infusion sets.
The plant manufactures proprietary Westar RS ready-to-sterilize stoppers, FluroTec laminated components, Flip-Off seals and other packaging materials. Local customers include units of Baxter, Becton Dickinson and Schering Plough. The site distributes in China, India and Australia in support of regional customers such as GE Healthcare, Ranbaxy and Hospira.
Lionville-based West had 2006 sales of $913.3 million and 6,300 employees.