Minnesota Rubber and Plastics is extending its manufacturing footprint into Europe for the first time with the acquisition of Primasil Silicones Ltd., based in Weobly, United Kingdom.
Terms of the acquisition, which closed March 7, were not disclosed.
"With its global footprint and proven expertise in the elastomer and thermoplastic marketplace, MRP provides a platform to utilize the skills that Primasil has developed and access to a diverse marketplace that will benefit from its knowledge," Steve Wheeler, Primasil managing director, told Rubber News. "Without the operational and commercial expertise of MRP, Primasil would not be able to fulfill its potential. Given the current demand for technical rubber products across the globe, we felt it was the right time to work with a partner like MRP."
Primasil, founded in 1978, offers platinum-cured and conductive silicones, black rubber, fluorosilicones, and low smoke and toxicity silicones. The company provides precision manufacturing and clean room molding, as well as extrusion capabilities in Weobly, as well as another location in the Czech Republic.
And while MRP maintains more than 3,000 custom compounding recipes for black rubber, it has never mixed its own silicone in-house — until now.