Officials at Flambeau Medical Markets Group announce the purchase of a 16,000ft2 building adjacent to the company’s two-building campus. The building is currently being renovated to accommodate a 3,600ft2Class 7 medical device assembly room. A separate Class 8 injection molding room will hold six all-electric molding presses.
Flambeau Medical Markets Group is the entity formed a year ago when Flambeau Inc., a member of the Nordic Group of Companies Ltd., purchased Mastercraft Co., a leading mold manufacturer and molder of precision medical components. While Flambeau was in the medical arena with such products medical EMT cases/kits, and IV components, the company’s goal was to develop a division that would provide new-product development, both for customers and for proprietary products, intellectual property development, and assistance with commercialization of new products.
Flambeau Medical Markets Group has recently attained its ISO 13485, the QSR for medical device manufacturing, and implementing recognized quality systems including RFID labeling, tracking, and traceability for internal controls to meet FDA standards.
Flambeau Inc. is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. The company was founded by W.R. Sauey in 1947 when he was 20 years old. Today, the company has 10 manufacturing facilities in the U.S., one in Mexico and one in the U.K. Half of the company’s processing capabilities are in blow molding and the other half in injection molding. “We’re split between contract manufacturing and our proprietary products,” notes Jason Sauey, president, Flambeau Inc. “We’re fortunate to have been around for 65 years, due to my father’s foresight and perseverance.”
Plans call for the Flambeau Medical Markets Group to become a full-service medical device contract manufacturer to include product design and development, testing and process validation, bonding and sealing validation, writing Design of Experiments, managing sterilization, investing in intellectual property, and commercializing new products, explains Tom Star, vice president of Sales & Marketing.
“Flambeau is a leader in marketing expertise given its decades of new product development and commercialization in other market segments,” says Star. “The company is extending this knowledge and experience into the Medical Markets Group to provide a full range of services – from concept through commercialization to make it a one-stop manufacturer for the medical device market.”
Flambeau Medical Markets Group is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ. That facility currently operates 32 injection molding presses ranging from 55 tons to 450 tons clamping force. The Group has a diverse range of capabilities to serve the cardiovascular device, orthopedic device, respiratory care, fluid management, and packaging segments within the medical market. The Phoenix operation also provides mold/tooling design engineering and manufacturing providing SPI Class 101 multi-cavity molds for high volume production.