SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.—International Rubber Products and its IRP Medical unit continue to grow and add capabilities, through both investing in new equipment and closing on an acquisition.
The group recently purchased ProPlas Technologies, a manufacturer of custom injected molded products to the medical, dental and commercial industries. ProPlas focuses on thermoplastic elastomers, thermoplastic urethanes and plastics, with an even split between the medical and commercial markets.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
“It's definitely a benefit to the organization to have more of the tool building thermoplastics and then rubber molding under one roof to support that Mikron business,” said Trey Atkins, executive vice president of business development at IRP Medical. “They're looking for opportunities to grow and improve the business. These opportunities that arise that complement our core business are areas that we think we could go into in the future.”
Mikron Rubber is a separate IRP division based in Ontario, Calif. The unit focuses on sealing products made from TPEs and TPUs for the power, energy, and oil and gas markets.
IRP President Casper Zublin said in a news release that the firm is excited to bring the two organizations together, adding their combined experience in plastic molding and tool building will fit with the firm's growth strategy and market need for stronger U.S.-based contract manufacturing.
According to IRP's release, the merger will double the company's size, provide more resources to ProPlas Technologies' customers and take IRP to a
new level of manufacturing capabilities with experience in thermoset and thermoplastic materials.
ProPlas employs about 85 and operates 28 injection molding machines from its 42,000-sq.-ft. facility in Garden Grove, Calif. It is certified ISO 13485:2003, ISO 9001:2008 and as a Food and Drug Administration medical device manufacturer.
Including ProPlas and Mikron, IRP Group operates four divisions at three facilities—IRP Medical, its liquid silicone-focused medical operations in San Clemente, and Abba Rubber, also based in Ontario, focuses on rubber coated rollers, wheels and shafts.
The Ontario and San Clemente facilities employ about 55 and 60 each.