Quadion, doing business as Minnesota Rubber and Plastics, is set to construct an advanced innovation centre adjacent to its headquarters in Plymouth, Minnesota, US.

The new 9,000ft2 innovation centre will provide its customers with direct access to material science expertise and fully integrated design-build-prototype-test process to speed up product development.

Quadion has received the approvals for architectural plans and the construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.

The company said that its new facility offers customers with an engineer-to-engineer collaboration experience to help rapidly bring healthcare innovations to life.

Minnesota Rubber and Plastics CEO Jay Ward said: “We’re excited to show the industry how bringing these processes under one roof will remove weeks from the component development process, resulting in unrivalled production-ready prototyping speed.

“There are two foundational objectives driving our investment in the Innovation Centre. 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 (MRP) provides highly engineered elastomer and thermoplastic solutions for the medical device equipment manufacturers worldwide.

The company is engaged in designing, developing, manufacturing and assembling products for harsh environments, tight tolerances and technically demanding applications.

MRP is specialised in material compound development and the manufacturing of custom elastomeric and thermoplastic components.

It has manufacturing facilities across North America, Europe, and Asia, and collaborates with customers to solve difficult sealing and component challenges across multiple markets.

The company’s capabilities include materials science and formulation, new product prototyping, operational excellence and supply chain consolidation.