Two big medical reshoring projects have prompted a significant expansion at GW Plastics in the Southwest.
A 12,000 square foot clean room expansion is now open at its Tucson, AZ plant for medical device assembly and packaging.
Company officials said that a program currently in production at GW's Dongguan, China facility consisting of precision molding, assembly and packaging for a drug delivery device created the opportunity for the development of a new application with the same customer.
The American aspect of the project will focus on GW Tucson's advanced injection molding capabilities and its automated assembly and packaging expertise.
The second large medical device program was relocated from Mexico to take advantage of GW's integrated clean room molding, automated assembly and finished packaging capabilities, including pouching, tray-lidding, rigid and flexible form, fill and seal (FFS) packaging.
The focus at GW Tucson is on medical device contract manufacturing specializing in automated and semi-automated assembly and device packaging.
"We are committed to investing in the latest technology to help our customers reduce costs and improve quality through the use of highly automated integrated thermoplastic and liquid silicone molding, assembly and advanced in-house tooling solutions," says Tim Reis, VP of Healthcare Business Development at GW Plastics. "The expansion of our Tucson facility will allow us to offer our customers a standardized, global approach to medical device contract manufacturing."
The announcements in a GW press release add weight to the argument that reshoring is more than just a public relations phenomenon and is having some tangible benefit in plastics manufacturing.