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Matrix Medical Plastics machinery upgrade and service expansion

Matrix Plastics Ltd chooses KraussMaffei to upgrade UK’s first dedicated medical plastic colour compounding factory.

Matrix Plastics Ltd, a market leader in the colouring and compounding of plastic and other materials, has made further substantial investment into its subsidiary Matrix Medical Plastics with a machinery upgrade from KraussMaffei.

Matrix Medical Plastics became the UK’s first dedicated cleanroom extrusion facility in 2020, in response to the increase in demand for plastic medical products due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It has since become a leading compounding and masterbatch supplier for medical producers across Europe, working with pioneering medical equipment manufacturers in applications such as oxygen masks, tubing, ventilation equipment, surgical equipment and drug delivery systems.

The purpose-built facility ensures that all medical products are processed and tested according to ISO Class 9 cleanroom regulations and under ISO 13485 quality management systems for medical devices. All ingredients used on site in the production of medical products meet the requirements of ISO 10993-1:2018 and USP Class VI. The strictly controlled manufacturing facility and high-quality formulations ensure that all colour compounds and masterbatches are produced in accordance with WHO and FDA Good Manufacturing Practices. Additionally, full laboratory testing is available covering a comprehensive range of microbiological and chemical testing at any point of the manufacturing process.

The new all-electric KraussMaffei injection moulding machine is being introduced to the existing offering to enable comprehensive medical device research and development, supporting innovation and cutting-edge development for engineers and designers of new medical devices. KraussMaffei is one of the world's leading manufacturers of machines and systems for producing and processing plastics and rubber and was the obvious choice for further investment and service expansion for Matrix Medical Plastics.

“The choice to invest in this equipment is another step forward in taking Matrix Medical Plastics’ commitment to cleanroom manufacturing to another level,” commented Richard Hoare, Commercial Manager, Matrix Plastics.

Matrix Medical Plastics’ customers will now have the opportunity to develop materials and new medical products in a single cleanroom environment, which will even further support the extensive supply chain and traceability requirements of the medical industry.

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About Matrix Plastics Ltd

Matrix Plastics Ltd is a colour compound and masterbatch service provider based in Slough, Berkshire. With over 30 years of experience, the Matrix Plastics team of highly knowledgeable staff deliver not only quality products, but also outstanding customer service. Value added services complete Matrix’s offering, supporting customers with full circle solutions from analysis and blending, to repacking and custom packaging options. The dedicated colour development team are specialists in all market sectors, including the cosmetics and personal care, food packaging, automotive and medical markets and can perform on-site colour matching within an hour.

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