NewAge completes plant expansion

The manufacturer of the AdvantaPure portfolio has built new cleanrooms ISO classes 7 and 8

New cleanrooms were built in a US$10m investment plan

NewAge Industries has completed a US$10 million expansion project at its headquarters in Pennsylvania (US). Located in Southampton, the company is an employee-owned business and the manufacturer of the AdvantaPure range of high purity tubing, hose, and single-use systems.

Following nearly two years of planning, preparation, construction and validation, team members at NewAge Industries/AdvantaPure are now using new cleanrooms to produce platinum-cured silicone tubing, moulded components and single-use moulded tubing assemblies. The products are manufactured for the biopharma, pharmaceutical and other clean application industries.

“This was a big undertaking,” commented Ken Baker, CEO of the Pennsylvania-based company. “We needed additional cleanrooms to manufacture more high-purity tubing and components to meet our customers’ needs, but we didn’t want to add a random room next to our other cleanrooms. This new area was designed and built from the ground up, with a vetted, product flow-through design for raw materials, extrusion, moulding, quality inspection and packaging.”

The cleanrooms, ISO class 7 and 8, were built in existing space at the company’s headquarters in Southampton, just north of Philadelphia. The manufacturing suites and inspection areas total 23,000sqft, with another 20,000sqft renovated for additional warehouse space.

NewAge invested US$10 million in the project. Engineering, design and construction was performed by AES Clean Technology, a company also based in Pennsylvania.

“Our intent was to move and validate our manufacturing equipment in phases to avoid any production stoppages or product shortages. We accomplished that, but we also decided to add more extrusion equipment and mould presses. This equipment expansion will help us meet our customers’ current and future product demands,” said Baker.

NewAge/AdvantaPure’s key customers who have inspected the new cleanrooms have approved them for production of their orders involving AdvantaSil platinum-cured silicone tubing and reinforced hose, Single-Use moulded tubing assemblies and BioClosure container closure systems.

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