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ILC Dover expanding Juarez, Mexico operations

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ILC Dover expanding Juarez, Mexico operations
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ILC Dover‘ announced plans to expand production capabilities in its Juarez, Mexico facility. This expansion is in response to the company’s growth in its life sciences business and an entry into sterile liquid handling and chemicals content market.

Juarez is a border city adjacent to El Paso, Texas.

This investment will generate additional production capacity for its single-use powder storage, single-use fluid storage, and fluid transfer solutions and is scheduled to come online later this year. It also dovetails with recent acquisitions of critical sterile liquid production to provide broader workflow solutions for the company’s customer base.

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The expansion in Juarez will complement the current global manufacturing footprint in Frederica Durham NC, Stockport UK, Rossens, Switzerland, and Blarney, Ireland for its pharma and biotherapeutics customers. ILC Dover is headquartered in Newark.

“Expansion in Juarez is an investment in our customers’ success and the next step in ILC Dover’s global growth journey. It strengthens our partnership with key pharmaceutical and biotherapeutics customers around the world — solidifying our ability to expand our presence in critical products for life-saving therapies, improve lead times, and securing our customers’ supply chain in North America,” said Corey Walker, CEO of ILC Dover. “Most importantly, this expansion strengthens our position as a valuable and vertically integrated partner for our life science customers — supporting customers to continue to improve and optimize their workflows.”

Operational in Mexico since 2013, the addition of 20,000 sq ft of new Class 6 and 7 cleanroom space will support multi-site production of solutions for the biotherapeutic, cell & gene therapy, and pharmaceutical markets.

ILC Dover’s Juarez site will use the same processes, raw materials, and equipment as other sites in the global network to provide redundant supply and reduced lead times for customers, a release stated.

ILC Dover, best known for making spacesuits, has expanded into life sciences markets through internal growth and acquisition.

At one point, the company announced plans to move jobs from Juarez to a site in Sussex County.

However, jobs were later moved back to Mexico, due to cost considerations.

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