The planning for the first new building, in which the company will make its products in a controlled clean-room environment, are almost complete. The application for a building permit is expected to be submitted in the first quarter of 2022, and construction work at the site on the industrial park “A9 Mitte” should begin sometime next spring. The new production facility with 54,000 sq. ft. of floor space will be specially equipped for silicone processing, with extrusion systems, a laboratory and a raw-materials technical center. Medical-grade silicone is frequently used as a sealing material in medical products, as well as in the form of tubing required for manufacturing pharmaceuticals and vaccines.
Greater demand for pharmaceutical silicone solutions
“We’re really seeing increased demand from the pharmaceutical industry at the moment,” Raumedic CEO Stefan Seuferling said. Nonetheless, the company has experienced a drop in certain sub-areas. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, some regularly scheduled operations have been postponed, a trend that has also affected Raumedic. To offset the lower demand for solutions in areas such as ophthalmology and orthopedics, the company investigated new potential within the pharma industry last year. “In 2019, we also took steps to strengthen sales and marketing as part of our strategic repositioning of Raumedic AG,” the CEO said.
Structural expansions require more employees
Production in the new building will also reach full capacity in the medium term. “We already know that a third plant will not suffice,” Stefan Seuferling said. “Over the next five years, we will invest a total of €50 million in the structural expansion of the Helmbrechts location and further increase silicone processing at the same time.”
About 80 of the company’s 900 employees worldwide work in silicone extrusion at the company’s headquarters. Roughly twice as many are expected to be employed in this production area by 2025. Raumedic’s demand for specialized employees is unchecked. The company needs more employees in virtually every department as a result of its growth. The Raumedic Group is forecasting revenue of €150 million worldwide in 2021 – a stronger growth rate than the international medical technology industry, which produced average growth of about five percent for the previous years.