Nypro Inc. is boosting its medical business, with recently completed expansion projects in Bray, Ireland, and Mebane, N.C.
The company is expanding clean-room space and providing more jobs, as it steps up manufacturing of products including needle-free drug delivery and diagnostic systems.
The Clinton, Mass.-based injection molder and contract manufacturer recently unveiled the revamped facility in Ireland, where it converted and updated space in a 130,000-square-foot facility.
``What we did was a makeover, to bring it up to speed for our global health-care customer needs,'' said Ray Grupinski, president of Nypro Americas and chairman of the board of Nypro Europe, in a telephone interview.
Grupinski said the firm expanded its clean-room space in Bray to 13,000 square feet, and added a quality laboratory and conference rooms. Nypro Ireland had done some electronic component work, but now the facility is set for 100 percent health care.
A customer that he declined to identify has spent seven years developing a needle-free drug-delivery system for treating migraine headaches. That firm is preparing to launch the product in the United States next year, Grupinski said.
Nypro Ireland employs 200, but the changes could mean as many as 150 new employees in the next four years. The plant already has added 25 jobs.
``Our biggest growth [in health care] has been in medical delivery and surgical, but diagnostics has also grown at a steady pace'' Grupinski said.
The company also recently opened its new factory in Mebane.
Nypro had announced plans for the $6.5 million project in early 2007. The new site consolidates Nypro's operations in the area, including work from a 53,000-square-foot plant in Graham, N.C., that employed 44.
``Our strategy has been to move to sites with larger than $50 million in sales,'' Grupinski said. The 109,000-square-foot facility in Mebane employs between 200 and 250.
Nypro's medical and packaging work in the region now is centered at the new factory.
He said the new site has an expanded Class 8 clean room. The 19,000-square-foot clean room is more than double the size of the clean room at the recently closed Graham factory.
Grupinski said Mebane's work is split 50-50 between medical diagnostics production and packaging. Customers include Procter & Gamble Co., which has a plant about 25 miles away.
Grupinski said Nypro turned to packaging about three years ago, and the decision has supplied the company with a nice growth multiple. Nypro's design capabilities have paid off in the packaging sector, he said.
Nypro also has been boosting the size of its other health-care facilities. In June, it announced an expansion in Tijuana, Mexico, that increased the size of the site from 60,000 square feet to 160,000 square feet.