Anaheim, Calif. — Technimark LLC has added space in Europe and Asia, installed a Class 100,000 clean room in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, and boosted its presence in Asheboro, N.C.
"We doubled space in Suzhou, China, and Aachen, Germany," John Rugari, vice president of sales, healthcare, said in an interview at the UBM Advanced Manufacturing expo in Anaheim.
The Asheboro improvements include the spiffy 30,000-square-foot Donald F. Wellington Innovation Center named for the company founder and adjacent to Technimark headquarters. A mile away, the firm built a new 185,000-square-foot plant.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the innovation center took place Dec. 16. The center has 32 designers, process and automation engineers and materials development experts previously located in other areas of the headquarters. Technimark projects the center will eventually house more than 50 persons.
The center utilizes all-electric Milacron Fanuc Roboshot and Arburg presses and, for visiting customers, can access several 3-D printing machines to quickly create prototype molds and parts.
Rugari noted: "By the end of the day, a customer could walk out [of the innovation center] with parts in hand."
The private capital group of Chicago-based Pritzker Group owns controlling interest in the business. Globally, Technimark has more than 3,400 employees.