New Sandvik production site in Arizona

07 June 2021

After months of preparations, Sandvik’s new Production Supervisor, Annie Witte, and her team are up and running Sandvik Materials Technology's medical wire second manufacturing location in Tucson, Arizona. 

Annie, who has a background in umbilical cord blood processing, joined the BU Medical Team in December 2020. In addition to learning a whole new business area, Annie also focused on getting to know both the ways of working within BU Medical and her colleagues and their roles. She also familiarized herself with the corporate culture, doing so quickly and successfully during her short training period in Palm Coast earlier this year. 

Annie also used her Palm Coast training period to hire the people who will work with her at the Tucson facility. Due to current restrictions, she conducted the hiring process virtually. 

Now Annie and her team of three people are ready to go. They do constitute a small team, but their skills fit together very well. Annie made sure to find a good combination of experience, enthusiasm, and attention to detail amongst her new co-workers. 

"I want to build a culture that is multi-functional and resourceful because we will need to solve challenges on our own." 

Together with the Palm Coast team, Annie and her colleagues have installed new module process rooms, exhaustion equipment to support the coating processes, specialized fine wire manufacturing utilities. Additionally, the equipment and facility have been going through rigorous IQ/OQ/PQ qualification procedures mandated by the medical device manufacturing industry. 

Courtesy of Sandvik Materials Technology.