NORCROSS, Ga. (Oct. 25)—Regent Medical Americas has increased the capital investment in one of its two Malaysian plants to $14 million and will almost double the company´s production capacity in the near future. Regent Medical had said in June it would upgrade its Kulim, Malaysia, surgical glove facility and implement a growth program, but the firm indicated then it would spend about $2.3 million on the project. However, because of additional enhancements to the factory and core products, new equipment and upgraded machinery, the figure jumped another $11.7 million. The capital investment plan includes development of innovations to Regent Medical´s full line of Biogel surgical gloves, a spokeswoman said. The glove-making arm of Norcross-headquartered SSL Americas Inc., which in turn is a subsidiary of Cheshire, England-based SSL International P.L.C., is expanding to meet increased demand for the surgical gloves and handle ongoing product development, according to Dan Manley, vice president of marketing for Regent Medical.