Thor Medical Automation Announces New Venture Partnership with YKK to Design and Manufacture Quick Ship Machinery

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February 2  

Brooklyn Park, MN, February 2, 2024 — Thor Medical Automation, Inc., a privately owned medical device company based in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota today announced a partnership with YKK (U.S.A.) Inc., a subsidiary of Japan-based YKK Corporation based in Marietta, GA, to design and manufacture medical component production machinery.

“Thor Medical Automation brings together seasoned experts in custom and specialty machinery design to create medical device manufacturing machinery that offers advanced features, automation and intelligent monitoring that improves cost, quality and throughput for its manufacturing customers,” said Lucian Bejinariu, CEO. We are excited about our new designs and capability to tailor equipment to customer needs for performance, as well as our ability to set a new standard for speed of delivery.”

“The strategic manufacturing alliance with YKK USA is another example of additional manufacturing and supply chain capacity that is a critical need of our emerging ventures in the region, said Frank Jaskulke, vice president of innovation for Medical Alley Association and head of Medical Alley Starts, a one-of-a-kind venture platform that accelerates the formation and growth of healthcare start-ups. “YKK’s ability to provide supply chain manufacturing excellence and scale both nationally and globally will help innovative Minnesota-based medical device companies remain internationally competitive.”

“Based on the proven market knowledge, design capability and manufacturing mindset of Thor’s leadership team, we have invested to accelerate their success,” said John Smith, president of YKK USA. “The time we invested understanding their vision and this opportunity led to a unique partnership that brings YKK’s strong manufacturing history to the world of medical device manufacturing.”

“YKK is a global corporation that really understands our needs as entrepreneurs and creators,” said Bejinariu. “We are excited that they provide excellence in mass-customization and cost-down and also that they respect our ability to develop machinery, understand our markets, and serve our customers beyond their expectations. We are already hiring engineers and skilled machinery design staff and the best is yet to come.”

About YKK

YKK solves the most complex fastening and attaching challenges. Since the company’s founding in Tokyo in 1934, YKK has continuously set industry standards for quality, innovation, and sustainability in the production of zippers, plastic hardware, hook and loop fasteners, webbing tapes, and snap and buttons. YKK’s “solutions-first” approach leverages its extensive product and machinery portfolio, engineering expertise, and integrated production, service, and supply chain solutions in 70+ countries/regions, leaving it well-positioned to support the growth of customers of all sizes and adapt to their evolving business needs. Guided by the CYCLE OF GOODNESS® philosophy – no one prospers without rendering benefit to others – YKK aims to contribute to a sustainable society through its products and manufacturing operations and constantly seeks new ways to serve the changing needs of its customers while at the same time investing in its employees and giving back to its communities. More about YKK:

About Thor

Thor Medical Automation is where innovation meets precision in the world of MedTech automation design and manufacturing. If you are passionate about pushing the boundaries of technology, shaping the future of Automated MedTech manufacturing, and being a part of a dynamic team, then Thor Medical Automation is the place for you. More about Thor Medical Automation:

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