Kramski North America Inc is taking strides to expand into medical-device work, while its parent, Kramski GmbH, recently opened a plant in India.
We're trying to target some new markets, said Glenn Shaw, director of sales at Kramski North America, in a telephone interview.
He said the stamping and injection molding company continues to have a strong automotive base, but is taking steps to build its medical-device capability in North America. Shaw said that the firm attended a medical show last year to determine interest, and saw possibilities.
The first step for the Largo, Fla.-based company was to gain the proper certifications, like its parent already had at its German headquarters in Pforzhelm.
Shaw said the North American unit was recently certified in accordance with ISO 13485:2003, having achieved the right mix of management systems and quality controls to design and manufacture medical devices.
At the same time, he said the company was certified ISO 14001:2004 for an in-depth environmental management system. Kramski now has the environmental certification at all four of its global plants.
Kramski North America also recently installed a 55-ton Arburg press for its second fully automated reel-to-reel insert-molding line for fuel-injector components for an unnamed client.
Shaw said Kramski North America has 16 employees working in a highly automated 35,000-square-foot facility.
Shaw said the India facility opened in July to provide stamping and injection molding for the automotive market. The plant, in Vellore in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is similar in size to the U.S. facility, and it will serve customers in Asia.
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