One billion, and counting. McDonald’s? Try Clamason. This self-described “metal basher” from the West Midlands in the United Kingdom has stamped more than one billion metal parts for Sanofi’s wildly successful SoloStar insulin pen. But, arguably even more amazing, is that it is now shipping metal parts to India for integration in an offspring product, the Allstar reusable insulin delivery device, that Sanofi has developed for the Indian market. A finalist in the 2013 Medical Design Excellence Awards in the over-the-counter and self-care products category, the Allstar is a vivid illustration of the global supply chain at work, says Timothy Jones, Business Development Manager at Clamason.
“The pen was designed by [UK-based] DCA, we produce the metal parts that hold the cartridge in place, another metal part is fabricated in the United States, the mould tooling comes from Taiwan, and all of that is shipped to India, where the pen is assembled and manufactured for Indian consumers,” Jones told me from his stand at MEDTEC UK. The device has been doing gang-buster business in India and will be rolled out into other Asian markets. And, in one more example of frugal engineering coming full circle, it may be headed for western markets, as well.
Jones is understandably delighted that his company is associated with a product that has been named a MDEA finalist, as attested by the banners at the stand. It validates the investment the company made several years ago in top-flight metal fabrication equipment and personnel, he notes. And it is an interesting commentary on how the planet is evolving that this sophisticated machinery and first-world know-how is producing a metal part for a device marketed to consumers in an emerging economy.
The MDEA winners will be announced at MD&M East in Philadelphia, PA, USA, on 19 June 2013.