Tekni-Plex Inc. is expanding its global footprint and product offerings through two of its subsidiaries.
First, the firm is investing $15 million for a new manufacturing facility in Suzhou, near Shanghai. Officials said it represents the single largest recent investment by Tekni-Plex, responding to the growing needs of the Asia-Pacific pharmaceutical and medical device markets. The site will manufacture products from three of the firm's units — Natvar, Colorite and Action Technology.
In a joint move, the facility will produce Natvar's recently announced silicone extrusion tubing capabilities for catheters, feeding tubes, drug delivery and peristaltic pump applications, as well as microextrusion tubing that targets many neurovascular interventional therapies and surgical applications.
And in the U.S., Tekni-Plex's Colorite unit recently established a new dedicated line for TPE extrusion at its Holland, Ohio, facility, localizing its Cellene-branded line of TPEs in North America for medical devices, packaging and other regulated markets.
"The new China facility offers specialized space for building a medical component and assembly business as well as opportunities in silicone," Russell Hubbard — vice president, international and general manager, Tekni-Plex Technologies Suzhou — said in an email. "It complements the new investments in Costa Rica with state-of-the-art facilities and strengthens our testing capabilities in Asia."