Jabil's Healthcare & Life Sciences division has opened a Class 100,000 cleanroom at its St. Petersburg, FL headquarters for the rapid prototyping of disposable medical devices. Calling the room a "mini factory" with the same assembly capabilities and processes used in its manufacturing plants, Jabil believes the investment will help customers translate new concepts into parts in a shorter amount of time. The room itself features ultrasonic welding, ultraviolet (UV) curing, solvent bonding, overmolding, laminar air flow, and bag and blister packaging and testing. The company announced the news from the COMPAMED event in Düsseldorf, Germany, where it's exhibiting in Hall 8b, Stand H17.
In a fourth quarter earnings statement for 2010 released in late September, Jabil reported that at this point in time, healthcare and instrumentation make up a small, but very fast-growing portion of Jabil's business, bringing in 9%, and trailing industrial and clean technology (11%); specialized services (12%), enterprise and infrastructure (33%), and high-velocity systems (35%). In a report on its fourth quarter earnings, ...