Spectrum Plastics projects that the expansion will create over 100 new jobs for operators, technicians, and engineers. The facility currently features 15,000 square feet of new Class 7 clean room space for production of complex catheter sub-assemblies; a dedicated area for the Apollo Space Camp experience and training; and new braiding, coiling, reflow, tipping, and flaring catheter development equipment. To further enhance the customer experience, it boasts an additional front office and meeting room space.
“This expansion is instrumental to accommodating the growth we’ve had while maintaining our excellent quality, service and lead times,” Matt Bills, senior vice president for the Spectrum Plastics Vascular Technologies division and co-founder of Apollo Medical Extrusion, said. “Our top priorities have always been industry innovation and improving the customer medical device development experience. With this expansion, we will better serve our customers’ long-term catheter manufacturing needs.”
The new facility expansion will support the growth of both microbore extrusion and full-scale catheter manufacturing for Spectrum Plastics. New technology features will include an extrusion line with advanced controls and equipment to produce small to medium-sized runs of drawn polymer monofilament, predominantly aimed at braiding applications for MRI-safe catheters. Spectrum Plastics will be able to bring their extensive material extrusion experience to this growing monofilament application.
Spectrum Plastics is encouraging customers to visit the newly expanded facility and see the enhanced capabilities for themselves. The company plans to host an open house at the facility in spring 2020. In the meantime, those interested may schedule a visit by contacting the company at email@example.com.