Silcotech North America Inc. is spending close to $2 million to expand its Bolton, Ontario, headquarters plant.
Silcotech North America President Michael Maloney said in a phone interview that the firm is investing in injection molding machinery, tooling, floor space and personnel to keep apace with growth for its molded liquid silicone rubber components.
"For product development, for each step in time-to-market the duration is getting shorter," Maloney explained. "We're developing manufacturing solutions to meet that demand."
Silcotech North America's primary markets are medical and health care, automotive, packaging and consumer electronics, where elastomeric properties of LSR are in rising demand. Since its founding in 1998, the company has grown to a 120-employee business with 29 injection presses with clamps from 25 to 250 tons.
Maloney credits his firm's emphasis on tooling as key to meeting LSR molding challenges.
"You need to control your own tooling technology," he said.