NPI/Medical President David Kelly recently provided his expert thoughts on offshoring to Plastics Technology and executive editor Matthew Naitove. South America could be the next big offshoring destination, Kelly said:
Medical OEMs aren’t comfortable going farther afield than Mexico,” says Kelly. “Though I have heard rumblings from two customers lately about going to Brazil or Argentina. South America could be the next big ‘offshoring’ destination.”
Kelly states the medical-device business is less likely than other molding jobs to go offshore, because of OEMs’ concerns about protecting intellectual property (IP) and the difficulties of inspecting, certifying and validating medical quality standard overseas.
For more on NPI/Medical, look for the “On-Site” feature in Plastics Technology’s January 2016 issue.