Minnesota Rubber and Plastics is building a new innovation center with the aim of offering customers “a unique engineer-to-engineer collaboration experience designed to improve product performance and enhance speed-to-market.”

MINNEAPOLIS—Quadion LLC, doing business as Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MRP), is building a state-of-the-art innovation center that will offer customers “a unique engineer-to-engineer collaboration experience designed to improve product performance and enhance speed-to-market.” Architectural plans for the innovation center have been approved and construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022, the company said in a release.

The planned 9,000-square-foot innovation center will be located adjacent to MRP’s corporate headquarters in Plymouth, Minnesota, and will allow customers to engage with engineers in-person or online. It will provide customers with “direct access to some of the industry’s foremost materials scientists and engineers in an immersive design-prototype-build-test process” that helps bring healthcare innovations to life more quickly according to MRP.

“We’re excited to show the industry how bringing these processes under one roof will remove weeks from the component development process, resulting in unrivaled production-ready prototyping speed,” said Jay Ward, CEO of Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, in the release. “There are two foundational objectives driving our investment in the Innovation Center. First, we want to leverage our unique materials science expertise and design capabilities to engage with customers earlier in their design process.

“Secondly, we want to transform our business model. Our customers have told us that they desperately need their partners to help them get their new products to market faster. The best way we can do this is to bring our entire production-ready prototyping process—materials science, design, tooling, and precision molding—under one roof.”

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics offers highly engineered elastomer and thermoplastic components for medical device original equipment manufacturers across the globe. Over the course of its 76-year history, MRP has built a reputation for consultative design services and production of “tough parts” that are suited for harsh environments, adhere to tight tolerances, and meet the requirements of technically demanding applications. These applications include multi-material components and custom material formulations, the company said in the release.

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