ATMI has two main manufacturing facilities where single-use film, bioprocess vessels, powder transfer vessels, and bioreactor vessels are produced. One is located in America—Bloomington, MN—and the other in Hoegaarden, Belgium. A third facility in Brussels, Belgium, focuses on application studies and continued development of bioprocess and cell culture technologies.
The bulk of the manufacturing for ATMI is done in the Hoegaarden facility, with the Minnesota plant acting as a process copy to provide local manufacturing for North America and to guarantee the availability of a back-up facility for global support.
“We feel that it is imperative to have redundant and strategically located manufacturing facilities for multiple reasons,” said Jeffery Lee Craig, global director of business development and marketing.
“The two most compelling reasons are: the need for local service in key markets to be competitive (e.g., shipping costs, delivery timing) and the necessity for redundancy as a key factor to ensure supply chain security and risk reduction for all customers globally.”
Should one manufacturing facility ever have an issue, the other will still be able to generate identical materials for customers and partners, noted Craig.
“These factors are exceptionally important given the nature of products that we sell and our customers’ requirement to have secure access to bags for processing, storage, and transportation in order to keep their own manufacturing processes running on time,” he added.
“This is a global economy and our customer base is everywhere; not just in the U.S. We are all familiar with the emerging Eastern markets ready for Western innovation, but it is interesting these days to see Eastern innovation targeting U.S. and European markets.
“As ATMI continues to grow globally, we will work to create new manufacturing processes that will include the addition of facilities and partnerships for production in different markets.”
Although ATMI does manufacture some of its products in the U.S., a key point that is once again being driven home is that manufacturing operations are established to satisfy “the need for local service in key markets to be competitive.”