Texcel Medical is adding capital equipment and staff as it gears up to meet growing demand from global markets.
The East Longmeadow, Mass.-based implantable device contract manufacturer added four experts in regulatory affairs, design and engineering and spent about $1 million expanding its manufacturing capacity.
John Mulvihill, vice president of sales and marketing for Texcel, told MassDevice that the global recession hasn’t seemed to impair the market for implantable medical devices and systems.
“Our customers are enjoying steady growth. We’re helping them get their solutions to market early,” Mulvihill said. “Texcel Medical is preparing for our customers’ global market launch to meet or exceed their manufacturing and assembly requirements.”
Texcel added laser machining equipment, an optical inspection station and a low-volume helium leak detection system to its facilities in Western Massachusetts.
And the company hired John Randolph as director of quality and regulatory; mehcanical designer Mark Tauer; and development engineers Andy Fetterroll and Haralambos Zaharis.
Mulvihill told us the moves are in anticipation of growing demand from its clients.
“We’re probably at least a year ahead of our customers’ requirements,” he said.
Asked whether that posed a risk given current economic conditions, Mulvihill said Texcel hasn’t felt the downturn as much as other industries.
“There’s always some risk,” he explained. “We’re not seeing the effect of the downturn in the medical implantable market.”