Mack makes machinery investments in response to medical market


Mack Molding (Arlington, VT) continues to see strong growth in its medical business as it ramps up investments and molding capabilities, said Jeff Somple, president of Mack's Northern Operations in an interview at MD&M West in Anaheim, CA last week.

He projects sales to medical customers to grow 12-15% this year "as a couple of big programs come out of hibernation." The product development pipeline for medical devices is often two years or more as OEMs get approval from federal regulators.

About 35% to 40% of Mack's Northern Operation sales are now in medical, says Somple. That is expected to grow to 50% in the next two or three years.

The company's historical roots are in large parts for the business equipment market. Mack was a regular prize winner in the Society of Plastics Industry's Structural Plastics Division design competition in the 1990s. That design competition (and the Structural Plastics Division), ironically no longer exist. As recently as 1999, 75% of Mack's sales were in business equipment....
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