Jade Group International—a global provider of tooling and manufacturer of plastic parts and components to medical device makers and other industries—has announced an expansion of its China operations in response to growing demand for its products in North America, Canada, and Europe.
In December, the company moved its tooling operation into a new 1600-sq-meter leased location in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province.
Jade has grown dramatically since its founding in 2006 and outgrew its current manufacturing facility in Zhongshan, which is located just 5 minutes away from the new location. The first factory, which combined both mold building and plastics processing, will now only manufacture plastic parts.
“We’re excited about establishing this new mold making facility because it enables us to meet increasing customer demand throughout the world,” said Patrick Smith, president of Jade Group International. “This is an important first step that will unlock key business opportunities and firmly position us for future growth.”
Jade opened its tooling operation in China in 2006 and later added manufacturing, assembly, and packaging in 2013. The company combines the advantages and convenience of U.S. engineering/production standards and communications with the cost competitiveness, skilled labor supply, and high production capacity of off-shore operations. Jade has salespeople located throughout the U.S. and engineering and project management staff who work remotely in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and other locations. “Offshore molds offer lower cost and therefore the ability for our clients to bring more new products to market within the same budget,” said Smith. “Producing more new products equates to a greater chance of success for our clients.”
“Offshore molds offer lower cost and therefore the ability for our clients to bring more new products to market within the same budget,” Smith said. “Producing more new products equates to a greater chance of success for our clients.”
Smith notes that the company’s China tooling business emulates U.S. CNC machining processes and is distinguished by reduced mold fit-up (fitting) and significantly reduced lead times. Jade produces molds for press sizes ranging from 20 tons to 2000 tons.
Jade manufactures a range of plastic parts for various industries including medical devices, consumer goods, industrial, packaging and automotive. The company serves as a contract manufacturer for many of its customers, performing injection molding and all related secondary operations, assembly, and packaging.
In China, Jade employs 35 people at its new tooling facility and another 35 at its plastics processing plant. In the U.S., the company employs 8 people in sales, customer service, engineering and project management.
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