The hot action in American injection molding today is investment in new high-speed equipment in state-of-the-art cleanrooms for medical, and at times, electronics or other high-value molding operations. OEMs particularly in the medical industry prefer the security of buying products from high-end molders like Phillips-Medisize and Nypro, now a part of Jabil. The news today is that many other molders are buying into the action, which often extends beyond medical products.
Founded in 1961, custom molder Carrera Manufacturing will invest $1.27 million to construct and equip a Class 100 cleanroom within its current 80,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Portland, Indiana. The cleanroom, which is expected to be fully operational next spring, will meet demand for anti-fog, anti-glare, thermal and UV-cured coatings processed within a cleanroom environment. Carrera will be one of the few injection molders with finishing and coating capabilities within a certified Class 100 cleanroom. Carrera Manufacturing will operate 21 injection molding machines, seven vacuum metallizers (PVD), and six robotic paint/coating lines.
Tessy Plastics Corp. has added three Engel e-motion 420 US injection molding machines at its Elbridge, New York plant to meet additional capacity requirements in the personal care industry. The company also recently purchased another facility in New York that will be transformed into a state-of-the-art cleanroom. Tessy now operates its business with over 1.1 million square feet in Central New York, Lynchburg, VA and Shanghai, China, employs 1,450 people globally, and makes an estimated 23 million individual plastic parts a day.