Plastic processing company AMB in Broakulla, Sweden is investing an additional SEK 50 million (approx.) in the medical technology field. The new construction means the clean-room area will mushroom in size and with the extra machinery the company will substantially boost its offer for the Nordic medical technology industry.
Broakulla, north of Emmaboda in the southeast of Sweden, is home to AMB, the experts in the surface treatment of plastics. In recent years AMB has also become a high-tech manufacturer of medical devices. The company’s first cleanroom was commissioned in 2008, but no longer has space for new projects. To expand that part of the operation, the family-owned company is now investing almost SEK 50 million – one of the single biggest investments in the company’s 70-year history.
“Medical technology is our largest business area, and also the one with the strongest growth,” says Tomas Magnusson, CEO and partner. “As recently as three years ago, we invested SEK 34 million in a fully automated assembly cell unique to the product – needlestick protected, single use devices, which also meant we fully occupied our existing cleanroom. It’s therefore natural that we prepare space for new projects through new, larger production areas.”
But because AMB has no more space under its 12,000 sq. m roof, we’re waiting for a 2,500 sq. m extension, in which the new cleanroom will take up 830 sq. m. The investment also includes several new injection moulding machines and automated equipment.
“We’re currently negotiating with several new cleanroom customers. We’ll see which project will be the first when the new cleanroom is ready by early summer next year,” says Tomas Magnusson.
In time it might also mean new jobs, mainly for process and production technicians. Today, AMB has 157 employees.
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