Helmbrechts, Germany-based medical technology company Raumedic AG is adding 3,500 square feet to its clean room manufacturing facility at its U.S. headquarters in Mills River, N.C., to meet demand for "many new projects."
"We have a tremendous pipeline of projects and this expansion is just the start," David Fletcher-Holmes, marketing director at Raumedic Inc., told Plastics News in an email. "Raumedic Inc. owns the land behind the current facility in Mills River and it won't be long until we need it all."
The expanded Class 7 clean room space, used for manufacturing medical devices, is expected to be complete by February, Fletcher-Holmes said.
The investment includes clean room infrastructure, new injection molding presses and assembly equipment, he said.
Raumedic declined to disclose the cost of the investment.
"We're looking to add 40 people between today and end-of-year 2022. Many of those people will be in the new space," Fletcher-Holmes said.
The new projects include new product lines and techniques, an Oct. 5 news release said.
"The advanced equipment and processes that will go into the new space will help us to remain ahead of the curve," Martin Bayer, president and CEO of Raumedic, said in the release.
"With automated assembly cells and robotically augmented molding presses, we are able to produce high-quality medical technology solutions in the mainland U.S. and remain competitive," Bayer added.
The existing space, built in 2016, currently covers 13,000 square feet, the release said.
Raumedic AG's headquarters in Helmbrechts will also expand, with two new production facilities expected to be complete by 2025, a July 21 release added.
That expansion will focus on the company's silicone tubing products, used for pharmaceutical and vaccine development, the release said.
Raumedic AG, which has a global workforce of 1,000 people, designs and manufactures tubing, catheters, molded parts and complex groups of components and systems for diagnostic and therapeutic uses. It also manufactures high-precision pressure-measuring systems with microchip technology for neuromonitoring and traumatology clinical uses.