Tek Packaging LLC, doing business now as TEQ Thermoform Engineered Quality, receives technical help in its quest for more medical business.
The custom thermoformer in Huntley, Ill., wants a thorough understanding of ISO 11607 requirements for packaging terminally sterilized medical devices, said Todd McDonald, TEQ director of sales and marketing.
“Customers call looking for a packaging vendor who understands 11607” and the advancements in medical device packaging, he said.
Tek began discussions with principals of Spartan Design Group LLC of Tonka Bay, Minn., in November and formalized a relationship in March.
“We are developing a synergistic relationship to help them understand the wants and needs of the medical-device industry,” said Spartan's Curtis Larsen. “They want to develop a better understanding of regulations and standards to better service customers and feel their pain.”
Spartan conducted ISO 11607 training of TEQ tooling and industrial engineers, designers and sales staff. Medical technology veterans Larsen and John Spitzley are Spartan principals.
TEQ targets opportunities in diagnostics and laboratory research and high-volume electronics packaging work.
The operation invested about $4 million in renovating, equipping and obtaining ISO 13485:2003 certification for additional space for a major program that Tek transferred from Ireland. The job thermoforming certified diagnostic components has an anticipated total production value of $40 million under a five-year contract.
McDonald projects total sales of $28.6 million for the fiscal year ending Oct. 31. Tek had sales of $17.5 million in the previous fiscal year.
Tek adopted the TEQ marketing identity in June and launched the brand at the 2011 Medical Design and Manufacturing East trade show in New York.