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MRPC invests $2m in clean rooms, molding equipment.

Molded Rubber and Plastic Corp., better known in the industry as MRPC, recently completed a $2 million expansion that is designed to give the company a competitive edge in the medical device market.

The company built two clean rooms--one is Class 10,000 and the other Class 100,000--at its headquarters in Butler, WI. The Class 10,000 clean room measures 2,000 square feet and will be used for the molding of implantable products, the company said. The Class 100,000 clean room measures 3,000 square feet.

Besides the clean rooms, MRPC purchased four new molding machines. Two of the machines are 40-ton liquid injection molding (LIM) models used for molding silicone rubber, and one is an 80-ton vertical LIM machine used to over-mold silicone rubber onto plastic of metal material. The fourth machine is a thermoplastic injection molding machine that can produce small to micro-sized implantable PEEK materials.

Medical devices manufactured in MRPC's clean rooms include laparoscopic and cardiac-rhythm management equipment.

The company added the clean rooms and new molding equipment in an effort to gain market share and possibly acquire other molding firms. "These investments will help increase our liquid silicone molding and thermoplastic molding capabilities," said Greg Riemer, vice president of sales and marketing and a minority owner in the company.

The investments also will help prove to customers that MRPC is better equipped to meet difficult molding challenges. "The plan is we need to demonstrate to our customers that we can meet the difficult molding challenges our customers can't and that we have the clean room and equipment to do the job," concluded John Schlump, MRPC's CEO.

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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY NEWS
Publication:Medical Product Outsourcing
Date:Oct 1, 2008
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