MedPlast Inc. is converting 6,000 square feet of white room space at its West Berlin, N.J., plant into a Class 100,000 clean room that will have room for 12-14 injection presses.
That transformation will boost clean room space in West Berlin to 60,000 square feet.
We began the conversion in the beginning of May, sales Vice President Michael Farrell said at Medical Design & Manufacturing East, June 8-10 in New York. The project will be completed by September.
The Tempe, Ariz.-based custom injection molder of plastic and elastomeric products also has added three new customers that require clean room manufacturing at its Tempe plant, including a project for blow molded medical diagnostic devices, Farrell said.
That is a new technology for us. It is our first entree into blow molding, he said.
In West Berlin the converted space initially will have six presses from 300-400 tons. MedPlast will transfer some equipment from the white room and will be buying some, Farrell said.
We are going to be adding new equipment, and molding and assembly capabilities, he said.
The area will be used to make medical diagnostics devices and surgical instruments. We have a new project for that space that we have to get started first, he said. And we expect that space to be built out, absolutely, within the next 12 months.
MedPlast, with roughly $90 million in sales, is having a solid year and Farrell projects double-digit growth in sales for 2010 and beyond, by growing the health-care end of its business. That is our No. 1 goal, he said.
He expects the firm to have to convert more white room space into clean rooms in the not-too-distant future.
Our core business is starting to come back and the pipeline of new activities is increasing because of the various clean rooms we put into place last year. That is starting to pay dividends for us quicker than we thought it would, Farrell said.
Formed by longtime industry veteran Harold Faig in April 2008, the firm has around 375,000 square feet at its five plants all of which have clean rooms and are IS0 13485-compliant. It operates more than 200 rubber and plastics molding machines.
About 80 percent of its business is in medical, largely focusing on hand-held, single-use surgical instruments and diagnostic devices geared to its capabilities in rubber, plastics and silicone as well as overmolding and two-shot molding.
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