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Minnesota Rubber and Plastics Acquires UK-based Primasil

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The acquisition brings four decades of silicone expertise to the Minneapolis-based company, broadening its portfolio for the medical device sector, among others.

Quadion LLC, d.b.a. Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MRP), announced today its acquisition of Primasil Silicones Ltd., a UK-based custom silicone rubber compounder, mixer, and manufacturer specializing in the medical, HVAC, and specialty industrial end markets.

Minneapolis-based MRP develops and manufactures custom elastomeric and thermoplastic components. The 77-year-old company has facilities across North America, Europe, and Asia. 

“We're thrilled to add Primasil, a company with four decades of silicone materials science expertise, to our family,” said MRP CEO Jay Ward. “Primasil's custom material formulation, mixing, and molding expertise will complement Minnesota Rubber and Plastic’s renowned materials science and molding capabilities. It will also provide a wide variety of new solutions for our clients.”

Ward also noted that the addition of a technical production presence in the United Kingdom and Czech Republic will expand its global manufacturing scope, particularly in the medical end market. MRP added that it will continue to seek partnerships and acquisitions of technical elastomer companies across the region.

Primasil’s product portfolio includes platinum-cured silicone, conductive silicone, flourosilicone, high- and low-temperature silicone, low smoke and toxicity silicone, and black rubber. Manufacturing capabilities include cleanroom molding, extrusion, and assembly as well as mixing and injection molded and proprietary gum silicone and liquid silicone rubber products.

Primasil was founded in 1978 as a molder of silicone rubber products. It soon expanded to offer extrusion and custom formulations. In addition to the medical sector, Primasil provides its products and services to the global aerospace, automotive and mobility, electronics, and pharmaceutical end markets.

Primasil Managing Director Steve Wheeler will continue to lead the company, reporting into the MRP organization, said the news release. 

Primasil's proprietary silicone technology will contribute to MRP's materials science–driven Innovation Center, which is scheduled to open this spring. The center will provide customers with enhanced direct access to materials science expertise and a fully integrated design-build-prototype-test process that enhances innovation and greatly accelerates product development, said MRP.

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