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Nypro / Revenues: $1.2 billion / HQ: Clinton, Mass. / Employees: 15,000 worldwide / Specialty: Precision injection molding Paul Kayser, group president: “Our goal is to be viewed as the go-to leader in innovation and technology with our customer base.” did not acquire into this business, we innovated. The industry wanted more and more unique packaging that reflected their brand promise and incorporated more technology.” Looking Forward Since its establishment, Nypro’s Clinton, Mass.-based packaging division has grown from generating 2 to 3 percent of the company’s overall revenue to 20 percent. The division continues to grow, with three new packaging facilities built in the United States in the last five years and four other facilities being converted from consumer electronics during the same period. “Our goal is to be viewed as the go-to leader in innovation, integrated technology and manufacturing excellence with our customer base,” Kayser says, noting that the company serves only major brands rather than performing contract or private-label packaging. “We’re only interested in developing new and innovative solutions and not copying ours or others’ work.” Nypro’s manufacturing capabilities include cavitation and high-volume molding and assembly assisted by downstream automation. Containers created and assembled by Nypro are shipped on a timely basis to its customers, who then fill them with their products. They have an on-time performance rate of 98.7 percent. One of the company’s major customers is Procter & Gamble, for whom it provides fabric care, hair care, deodorant and antiperspirant and baby care packaging. “They are a company known for embracing innovation and outside ideas, so we feel we bring a lot to table for them,” he adds. P&G recently recognized Nypro for “supplier excellence.” As one of only 73 vendors so recognized by the consumer products giant among its more than 75,000 suppliers, this award places Nypro among an elite group. Nypro also serves on P&G’s sustain- nypro says its packaging division has grown to generate 20 percent of the company’s overall revenue. Shaping Innovation nypro’s packaging unit has become a major part of its operation in a short period of time. by jim harris The shift of the consumer electronics manufacturing base to Asia that accelerated in the late 1990s was a catastrophic trend for many U.S. firms. Like many of its peers, Nypro Inc. faced a decline in its volume because much of the work it had performed moved to Asia. But instead of significantly reducing its staff or closing the doors to several of its facilities, Nypro – a highprecision plastic injection molding manufacturer founded in 1955 – saw the decline as an opportunity to apply its talents to a different market. The company’s consumer packaging division, established in 2005, is now keeping pace with the global company’s other divisions. “A lot of companies would have fold150 WINTER 2012 ed their tents or transferred their business to China or Mexico,” says Paul Kayser, the division’s group president. “As an employee-owned company, we are in a unique position where our employees are also our shareholders. Our CEO at the time had an obligation to our employee shareholders to develop new markets and capabilities for our U.S. footprint.” With consumer packaging designs moving away from simple boxes or plastic jugs to packaging that required unique brand identity, Nypro decided the market was a natural fit for its abilities. “We were seeing a move toward innovation and an increasing level of sophistication in the packaging area that moved toward what we already knew how to do,” Kayser adds. “We

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
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Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
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Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
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Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
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DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012