ANAHEIM, Calif.—Silcotech North America Inc. has invested $2.5 million at its manufacturing facility in York, S.C.
President Michael Maloney spoke about the development at the recent Medical Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, saying the firm doubled the number of liquid silicone rubber injection molding cells at the 22,000-sq.-ft. plant, which is fully dedicated to the medical market. The facility operates in a Class 8 clean room environment.
The executive added that jobs were created with the expansion, but he did not provide a specific figure. More than 60 are employed at York.
“The investment is driven by customer demand for us,” Maloney said. “It's an additional expansion that we anticipated, maybe a little bit sooner than we anticipated, but it's really about keeping up with customer requirements and demand.”
Silcotech made an initial $3.5 million investment at York in August 2013. The firm produces liquid injection molded silicone parts for the medical, health care, automotive, packaging, consumer electronics and consumer markets since 1984.
The York facility has been in production since January 2015 and is the company's first in the U.S. In addition to its South Carolina facility, the firm operates two other plants—its headquarters in Bolton, Ontario, not far from Toronto; and a facility in Noida, India, not far from New Delhi.
Its India operation is a joint venture with Nordia-based Bonny Products Pvt. Ltd.
“If you add value and bring value to the customer, then the trends are good, and if you can't, then you're in trouble,” Maloney said. “It's really about bringing competitive solutions to the marketplace, that we can ultimately produce products that are globally competitive and compete in a global marketplace.”
Silcotech recently revealed plans to invest $600,000 to add injection molding machinery to its Indian venture, Silcotech Bonny Products (India) Pvt. Ltd.