Plants: Americhem opens US compounding facility; Ampacet expands in Russia with new additive line

Americhem opens US compounding facility

US compounding firm Americhem recently opened its new plant expansion dedicated solely to clean compounding for medical device customers in Morrisville, PA.

This Americhem Engineered Compounds, or AEC, plant expansion includes the addition of an isolated 20,000 sq. ft. “Clean Compounding” room that will house six new compounding lines in the overall 60,000 sq ft expansion. The new clean environment and AEC Customer Design Center, coupled with Americhem’s existing ISO 13485 Certification, gives AEC unique capabilities to produce compounds that meet the most stringent medical device requirements.

“Our medical compounding process is performed in our GMP production area, which ensures that all of our medical grade polymers and compounds will be made to the highest quality standards. It is designed to minimize contamination due to airborne contaminant and other contamination, while producing compounds in a clean, well-lit environment,” states Jim Figaniak, VP & GM of Americhem Engineered Compounds.

“The AEC Customer Design Center includes a pilot scale production to assist our customers with new product design and small lot qualification.”

“Our Clean Compounding facility is the largest of its kind and includes an air lock with a positive pressure environment, HEPA filtered air exchange with humidity and temperature controls, epoxy coated floors to allow for easy cleaning, and sealed and polished warehouse floors,” concluded Figaniak.

Ampacet expands in Russia with new additive line

Meanwhile in other news, Ampacet, a provider of masterbatch and additive materials, services and solutions, has strengthened its presence and service in the Russian market with the expansion of its plant in Tver, Russia. The expanded site started up the additive production line in the beginning of 2021.

Ampacet Russia was established in 2008 with production of colour masterbatches. Ampacet adds that lcalisation of the colour business has met with success helping it to become the market leader in Russia, serving more than 1,200 plastic converters.

“The market in Russia is growing rapidly and local presence is key to providing the proper service to our customers. Thanks to global reach, excellent product design, cost effective and sustainable solutions, Ampacet is positioned to best serve our customers worldwide,” said Marcello Bergamo, Ampacet Europe Managing Director.

Engineered with a focus on safety, ergonomics and environmental impact, the new line features the latest technology in additives production. Energy and water systems have been designed to produce minimal environmental impact, the US company added.

“Ampacet quality, coupled with local market intelligence, will enable us to grow our business in Russia and in the countries of EAEU. Our deep knowledge of the Russian market together with Ampacet’s innovative products allow us to meet regional customer needs,” said Alexei Fomtsov, General Manager Russia.

The company has been growing. In 2017, Ampacet inaugurated a new colour production line in Dudelange, Luxembourg and in 2018 launched a new additive production line in Messancy, Belgium. The company doubled the colour capacity in Dudelange, Luxembourg in 2019 with additional lines.


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