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Stronger towards the medical industry

10 June 2020

Exceptional times call for thoughtful strategies and strong, cooperative business partners, also in the world of plastics. When business is challenging - especially during these times, when Covid-19 rules the world - it is of the utmost importance to stick with or move to a trustworthy plastics specialist. Because no matter what, companies will have to continue to operate and look for creative solutions to sell their products. For some markets, for example, the medical industry, it is even essential to continue to operate these days.

How can we guarantee continuous business? ITB Group is globally proven successful when there are disruptions in the market. We are the right partner to cooperate with our customers during disrupting times, because of a well-balanced knowledge of and experience with many technologies, many market segments and many global customers. Besides that, we can add our presence (offices and production sites) at nearly every continent, a lean production approach, vertical integrated services and financial stability. In short, our global footprint is diverse in every sense of the word.

 

At home in the market of medical devices and products

We know our way around in different industries, such as the medical industry. The production of medical devices and products - such as thermometers, blood sample trays, pregnancy tests, pulse monitoring systems, blister packaging for the medication of personal care products and charging panels for mobile X-ray equipment - should always be in safe hands. As we have multiple cleanrooms at our disposal, we can produce safely in a dust-reduced environment.

We are also ISO 13485 certified, which gives our customers the comfort of knowing our production processes are always held to stringent international quality and safety requirements. Our customers are market leaders, both multinationals and brand owners. They choose our partnership because of our expertise in injection moulding. But besides that, they appreciate our original design manufacturing (ODM), contract manufacturing (CM) and vertical integrated services, which exceeds the expectation of many.

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Technological excellence

We keep the finished product in mind, every step of the way, whether we design travel cases for electric toothbrushes, windscreen wipers, engine components, automatic towel machines, thermometers, razor stands with an order button or something completely different. Our design studio Verhoeven understands the various design and technology requirements that any new product or packaging system needs to fulfil. We have experience with design for:
•    Functionality (industrial design)
•    Protection (packaging technology)
•    Sustainability (environmental design)
•    Cost efficiency (product engineering)
•    Selling (3D design)

For production, we use known manufacturing technologies like injection moulding, thermoforming, electronic manufacturing (PCBA), decorating, assembly (ESD) and packaging. With welcoming ITB, we added metal injection moulding (MIM) and metal stamping to the palette. We also have our tool shop so we can develop and manufacture our moulds in-house, which guarantees efficiency and premium quality.

So, a fully-finished, complex, custom made product - with for example inbuilt electronic components, outside decorations and packaging to match - is possible thanks to our experience with wide-ranging techniques, vertical integrated services and lean production approach. The possibilities are virtually endless.

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A tot Z services

We can deliver fully-finished products, with or without electronics, custom made for different industries and markets. We provide precisely what is needed, from the drawing board - at our Verhoeven design studio - to delivery. All based on the ideas and wishes of our customers. Within this vertical integrated services process, we follow these steps:
•    Assessing ideas
•    Drawing up design specifications
•    Creating a prototype
•    Mass production
•    Assembly
•    Delivery

Global presence

Our locations in the Netherlands - with a design studio and production site, including a clean room and tool shop, are excellent locations of an outstanding level. We also have production sites across three continents (Europe, Asia and Northern-America), so we are in a high position to provide local-for-local production as much as possible.

To meet the diverse requirements of customers and markets, it is not enough to attend at a local level with merely a sales office. To increase competitiveness, we invest in local production facilities. That means, among other things to recognize and capitalize on local developments and potential. We systematically promote - on a micro level - the integration of regional characteristics and cooperation between (new) local organizations and domestic environments. Now, as well as in the future, we can adapt much faster to new (local) market conditions and needs. The ability to and the speed with which our (potential) customers can - or even must - change, are critical success factors; not only with regards to technological changes. But also at strategic and organizational levels.

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Quality is key

All our production sites are ISO certified, in line with the standards ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment). Additionally, regarding the automotive industry, we are certified according to IATF 16949. The general policies of ISO include aspects such as quality control, safe conditions and environmental protection. We realize this through preventive measures and continual improvement of our processes, with a focus on manufacturing products that meet both the requirements of our customers and are just as consistent as we promise they will be. All without damaging people and planet. Last but not least, we apply quality methodologies such as APQP, PPAP, AQL and SPC.

The next step

Despite the challenging times we have to deal with, we are as ready as we can be. We are prepared to continue to serve our existing customers, even beyond their expectations. Ready to accept new customers. Ready to develop new products. Ready to grow to new markets. Ready to develop new technologies. Ready to take the next step. Ready for the future.