Electronics contract manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd. has announced progress in two major projects in central Europe and Mexico, each designed to expand the firm's medical disposables business capacity.
In Europe, the Singapore-based group has agreed to acquire medical-device producer Slomedical in Vrable, Slovakia. Flextronics also has expanded its medical products operation in Tijuana, Mexico, to include plastics molding and clean room facilities.
Flextronics expects to complete its purchase of Slomedical, a supplier of products ranging from medical tubing sets to more- complex devices for micro-invasive surgery, by the end of 2009. The Slovak company was founded in 2003 by two German investors with experience in the medical-device manufacturing industry.
Flextronics plans to expand Slomedical's factory, diversify its services and improve its efficiency. The plant, opened in 2005 with a workforce of 25, now employs more than 200. The unit includes 8,600 square feet of Class 100,000 clean room assembly space divided into three separate sections to allow dedicated manufacturing and assembly for different clients.
Slomedical's operation offers services from simple subassembly to complete original equipment manufacturing. Its customers are mainly multinational medical-device companies.
The Slovak supplier retains a range of processing facilities. It runs a number of blister packaging machines and equipment for ultrasound welding, ultrasound cleaning and a variety of plastics processing lines. It outsources some component injection molding and extrusion work.
We look forward to expanding Slomedical's well-established, low-cost operations and investing in additional manufacturing capabilities, quality systems and design services to deliver more value, lower costs and faster time-to-market to our customers, said Dan Croteau, Flextronics' medical division president.
Slomedical Managing Director Frank Sodha said Flextronics is ideally placed to grow his firm's facilities and provide ample market strength in the medical disposables field. We have grown to a point where, in order to expand and support the growing needs of our customers, we must partner with a larger organization, he said.
In Mexico, Flextronics broadened its capacity to include key vertical integration capabilities of plastic injection molding and extrusion for components, along with world-class clean room assembly facilities. According to the firm, that is aimed at achieving lower costs and faster time-to-market.
Flextronics helps customers design, build, ship and service electronics products through its network of plants in 30 countries over four continents.
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