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Accelerating new medical fabrics in Borås

Potential to reduce the early phases of a project and minimise time consuming adjustments or change requests at production sites.

18th July 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  BorÃ¥s, Sweden


Stockholm-based SHL Healthcare AB has recently established a Textile Centre of Excellence (TCX) in Borås, the textile capital of Sweden, to extend and streamline support for early project phases in close collaboration with customers.  

The facility is strategically situated inside the heritage Textile Fashion Centere and adjacent to a cluster of industry experts such as Science Park Borås, Smart Textile, The Swedish School of Textiles, and University of Borås. This allows SHL Healthcare to easily access technology, engineering and textile materials that can optimise product innovations and sustainability.  

To warrant consistent quality throughout, a uniform manufacturing process library has been developed at the TCX to be precisely replicated and implemented at any SHL Healthcare production site. This will potentially reduce the early phases of a project by up to 50% and minimise time consuming adjustments or change requests at the production sites during later stages – ultimately saving cost.   

“We are excited by this new milestone as we continue to expand our capability to enhance the manufacturing process for our MedTech clients,” said Patrik Axelsson, head of technology for soft goods R&D at SHL Healthcare. “We understand how vital it is to finalise product designs early in order to reduce time and cost at later stages. By establishing the TCX, our clients can work with all the necessary resources and visualise their design at an early stage and be assured that their final products will encompass similar qualities when scaled up,”

Prospective clients are welcome to visit the SHL Healthcare TCX in person or remotely via HoloLens, to interact with textile specialists and engineers and see the available machines, processes, materials, accessories and samples.       

SHL is a global leader in MedTech manufacturing offeing a range of premium contract manufacturing capabilities such as CNC sewing and fabric cutting, RF/HF welding, product testing, assembly and more. Some examples of its products include medical patient slings, pressure mattresses, pumps and soft goods.

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