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West Pharmaceutical opens closure molding site in China

Contract medical device manufacturer West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (Lionville, PA) announced the formal opening of its injection molding factory in the Shanghai Qingpu Industrial Zone (SQIZ) in China. The company says its West Qingpu plant features what it calls advanced injection molding technologies in a world-class, clean-manufacturing environment.

PlasticsToday Staff

October 5, 2009

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West Pharmaceutical opens closure molding site in China

Contract medical device manufacturer West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (Lionville, PA) announced the formal opening of its injection molding factory in the Shanghai Qingpu Industrial Zone (SQIZ) in China. The company says its West Qingpu plant features what it calls advanced injection molding technologies in a world-class, clean-manufacturing environment.

The Qingpu plant is approximately 12,000 m2 (129,000 ft2), and resides on a 31,590m2 (7.8-acre) parcel. The plant currently employs 52 people and is ISO:9001 certified. The operation will be used by West to mold its TrimTec and InsoCap closures for intravenous solution bottles, with the closures to help pharmaceutical companies meet China’s drug safety standards. In addition to the domestic market, West will also export the closures to other locales in Asia, Europe, and South America. West also manufactures TrimTec closures in Stolberg, Germany.

West broke ground for the plant on Jan. 30, 2008, and following completion of systems validation and testing, full commercial production will begin late in the third quarter of 2009. Elsewhere in Asia, West maintains a factory in Singapore and sales offices in Australia, China, India, and Singapore. West is also an equity partner of Daikyo Seiko Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), a manufacturer of ultra-clean pharmaceutical packaging and medical device components. The West/Daikyo relationship has been in place since 1973, encompassing a range of joint distributorship and technology licensing agreements. —[email protected]

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