Nordson and Incoe expand facilities in the US and Europe

Against the back of growing demand for their products, US-based companies are expanding their facilities. Dispensing equipment supplier Nordson Corporation has broken ground on a new 115,000 sq ft-facility, located on a 116 acre site in Loveland, Colorado, to meet growing demand in medical end markets for its single-use plastic-moulded fluid management components. Meanwhile, hot runner maker Incoe has opened its latest facility in Germany.

Nordson’s facility comes with full clean room moulding, assembly, packaging and inventory storage capabilities. Full operations are anticipated to commence in the first half of 2015.

“We continue to see outstanding global growth opportunities for innovative components, devices and custom OEM solutions related to precision fluid management and delivery of biomaterials,” said George Porter, Nordson Vice President and General Manager for medical product lines. Nordson’s current Value Plastics operation is located in a leased facility in Fort Collins, Colorado, and employs approximately 90 people. According to Porter, “We were unable to find an existing facility or site in the city fully suitable for our expansion needs. The nearby Loveland location allows us to stay in the same general region with access to many amenities and a highly talented workforce.”

Nordson’s growing fluid management offering for medical markets includes the Value Plastics brand of single-use fluid management components, including quick connect fittings, luer fittings, check valves, tube-to-tube fittings, threaded fittings and blood pressure monitoring components, and Micromedics brand biomaterial delivery devices, including FibriJet applicators and tips and OsteoExpress bone graft delivery products.

Incoe expands in Germany

Meanwhile, after just seven months in construction, Incoe International Europe, of Rödermark, Germany, has completely moved into its newly built European Headquarters near the former company building. The new facility nearly doubles the total workspace available and allows for significant building expansion in the future.

Up until now, divisions such as Applications Technology, Design, and Manufacturing had to be coordinated across three buildings,” explained Gunnar Gramatzki, General Manager in Rödermark. While conceptualising the new building design, lean management principles were considered to maximise the efficiency of manufacturing, management, engineering, and customer support processes within the facility. Modern energy technologies were utilized as well, including a climate-controlled quality assurance laboratory.

Bob Hoff, President, said that though the European economy, as a whole, had hit a rough patch in the last several years, Incoe had continued to thrive in Europe. The new facility in Germany joins other recent expansion projects in China and the US. Hoff added, “As our customers have leveraged their global operations, especially in China, we have continued to increase our capacity to better coordinate our capability worldwide. This new building will allow INCOE to be an even better partner with our customers in Europe.”

Incoe’s European facility represents a centrally located engineering technology and production centre and will also serve as a forum for sharing competence and promoting innovation. The lean management principles applied will continue to be refined on a continual basis.

(IMA)

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