In February 2010, Helix Medical (Carpinteria, California / USA; www.helixmedical.com) opened its first production plant in Europe. Based in Kaiserslautern / Germany, the 5.100 m² facility began operations this month, heralding the onset of future activities of the new Helix Medical Europe KG.
The plant began limited operations in January, with initial manufacturing centred on custom-moulded silicone components for medical devices. Media reports indicate that the new outlet will double the companys existing silicone manufacturing capacity. Future plans include custom moulding of thermoplastics and TPEs, multi-component moulding and the extrusion of silicone and TPEs.