Giant medical contract manufacturer and injection molder Phillips-Medisize Corp. has opened a new design and development center in Mountain View, Calif., that is twice the size of its previous design center in that state.
Matt Jennings, president and CEO of Phillips-Medisize, told Plastics News in an email that the new design center, which opened earlier this month, gives the company “expanded capacity to support our rapidly growing medical business in the western part of the United States.”
“We have 12 people, up from four people ... and [are] growing,” Jennings said. The former design and development center in nearby Sunnyvale was about 1,700 square feet.
Jennings said the new center will enable Phillips-Medisize to offer “localized customer service, project management, and mechanical design” in California that is backed by the product development capabilities of the company's 80-person-plus staff at a design and development center at its headquarters in Hudson, Wis.
“This expansion is keeping with our strategy to build facilities close to our customer,” and to build partnerships based on helping customers with product development, Jennings said.
Capabilities in Mountain View will include design research; field research — including clinical evaluations and user studies; industrial design; mechanical design and materials selection, he said.
In addition, Jennings said the center will do design for manufacture, design for assembly, tolerance analysis, mechanical and analytical testing, tooling, rapid prototyping, prototype multishot injection molding, design failure mode and effects analysis, and process failure mode and effects analysis,
The design center will have the same capabilities as the previous one — “just expanded,” he said.
Phillips-Medisize had sales of just under $500 million in 2011, with 75 percent of those sales from its medical business. That business specializes in drug-delivery, medical-device and diagnostic products such as disposable insulin pens, glucose meters, single-use surgical devices and medical consumables.
In addition to drug-delivery devices like syringes and injector pens for insulin, the firm also makes bottles and application bags for pharmaceutical packaging; medical and diagnostic devices such as pumps, tube sets and catheters; and airway-management products such as filtration devices and breathing circuits.
Phillips-Medisize has 438 injection molding presses and more than 150 automated or semi-automated cells that run either press-side or as stand-alone units, Jennings said. The company has three design centers and 13 manufacturing plants — eight in the United States and one each in Finland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Ireland and the Czech Republic.
Phillips-Medisize also has a tooling and molding joint venture in China that does a small amount of product manufacturing.
The company employs more than 2,100 worldwide.