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12/16/2015

The ‘Next Big Thing’ in Offshoring?

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Big medical OEMs are looking at South America.

According to David Kelly, president of custom injection molder NPI/Medical in Ansonia, Conn., the medical-device business is less likely than other molding jobs to go offshore, because of OEMs’ concerns about protecting intellectual property (“I.P.”) and the difficulties of inspecting, certifying, and validating medical quality standard overseas.

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“Medical OEMs aren’t comfortable going farther afield than Mexico,” says Kelly (pictured), though I have heard rumblings from two customers lately about going to Brazil or Argentina. South America could be the next big ‘offshoring’ destination.”

 

For more on NPI/Medical, look for the "On-Site" feature in our January 2016 issue.

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