When it comes to establishing a footprint in the medical technology sector, it's good to keep in mind the principles of the "20-mile march," says Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. (Bolton, ON, Canada). History buffs will remember that setting a consistent, forward-moving pace for his team, in good weather and bad, resulted in Roald Amundsen beating Robert Scott and his weary band of explorers to the South Pole in 1911. "When the opportunity came along for Husky to purchase Swiss moldmaker Schöttli in 2013, it was in perfect alignment with our vision of the company's 20-mile march as it grew into the medical business," Henry Zhang, Director of Business Development, Medical and Specialty Packaging Business, told PlasticsToday. The flag has not been fully planted yet, but the process is well underway.
At the beginning of the month, Husky announced the appointment of Johannes Strassner to lead the company's medical business unit, including its mold and tool-making sites in Diessenhofen, Switzerland, and San Dimas, CA. It described the move as a further step in the alignment of its business unit. That alignment, or integration, has been largely completed in the back end of the business, says Zhang, but it is still a work in progress in the customer-facing part of the operations. In particular, the companies' respective websites remain fairly segregated. There's a reason for that, as Zhang explains.