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Plastic Components Suppliers Form Alliance

Originally Published MPMN September 2005

INDUSTRY NEWS

Plastic Components Suppliers Form Alliance

Susan Shepard

A new 55,000-sq-ft manufacturing facility will open
its doors in fall 2005.

Three companies now offer OEMs injection molding of liquid silicones, thermoplastics, thermoplastic elastomers, high-consistency silicone elastomers and organics, high-volume flashless molding of organics and silicones, and subcomponent assembly. Hi-Tech Rubber (Anaheim, CA; www.hitechrubber.com), Inland Technologies (Fontana, CA; www.inlandtechnologies.com), and A. C. Hoffman Engineering (Anaheim, CA; www.achoffman.com) now serve as a single source for precision plastic and elastomeric components in quantities from prototype to high volume.

"Hi-Tech, Inland, and Hoffman have joined forces so that we can offer one-stop shopping to medical device customers that need high-quality precision plastic and elastomeric components," says Bill Sherman, president of Hi-Tech Rubber.

The strategic alliance of the three companies arises from having common parent companies. Red Diamond Capital and Century Park Capital Partners, private equity firms based in New York and Los Angeles, acquired all three in the past two years.

The companies have assembled a team of hands-on professionals with diverse backgrounds in mold design and construction, continuous high-volume molding, custom material formulation, secondary operations, assembly, quality assurance, customer service, and sales and marketing.

Hi-Tech, Inland, and Hoffman offer a comprehensive choice of processes and materials available. On most new projects, they can produce prototype parts in about two weeks, and then rapidly move into full-scale production. Every production part goes through an extensive start-up procedure and ongoing process validation.

The companies offer support for design and process engineering, material engineering, rapid in-house prototype tooling, and custom assembly and subassembly work. In addition, Class 100,00 cleanrooms and ship-to-stock service are available.

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