Medical-device work accounted last year for 85 percent of MRPC's business, up from 75 percent in 2007 and 65 percent in 2006.
The fastest-growing end markets for the custom injection molder's components and assemblies include cardiac rhythm management, neuromodulation and orthopedic implants.
As these device markets grow at double-digit rates, so does the need to procure components molded from implantable grades of materials produced in a Class 10,000 clean room environment, said Mark Brandstaetter, sales and marketing vice president for the Butler, Wis., firm. The combination of these needs with MRPC's expertise provides us with great market potential.
In addition to medical-device work, MRPC makes components and assemblies for food-service equipment and process controls.
In April, the company began operating two additional clean rooms that cost about $2 million to establish and equip.
A new, 2,000-square-foot Class 10,000 clean room houses two 40-ton Sodick injection presses for processing implantable polyetheretherketone and liquid silicone rubber.
A new, Class 100,000 clean room holds two LSR injection presses an 88-ton Arburg vertical and a 120-ton Battenfeld horizontal and a PVA TePla plasma treater, used for preparing substrate to assure bond strength between multimaterial components.
Now, MRPC has three Class 100,000 clean rooms with a total of 48,000 square feet. In all, its three buildings occupy 85,000 square feet and employ 100.
Altogether, MRPC operates 14 injection presses, including eight for plastics and thermoplastic elastomers, and six for LSR. Ten of those presses, from 5-120 tons, operate in clean rooms. The other four presses have clamping forces of 40-250 tons. A Davis-Standard extruder, with a 11/2-inch diameter, operates in one of the Class 100,000 clean rooms.
MRPC, formerly known as Molded Rubber & Plastic Corp., reported 2008 sales of $15 million vs. 2007 sales of $13.5 million.
In January, Gregory Riemer was named chief operating officer, reporting to John W. Schlump, chief executive officer. Brandstaetter succeeded Reimer as vice president of sales and marketing.