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Developments across the board Injection moulding machinery makers and auxiliary suppliers rolled up their sleeves to receive a host of visitors at the recent Chinaplas show. Some, like KraussMaffei, Netstal, Engel and Shini, also announced expansions while Chinese suppliers are gearing up to conquer the overseas markets. a n d a u t o m a t i o n e q u i p m e n t . “ We n e e d t o b e o f a certain size to be able to do this,” he said, adding that KraussMaffei had the hardware, like stocks and a facility, in place already. “The advantages of localised m a n u f a c t u re a re , o f c o u r s e , s h o r t e r l e a d t i m e s a n d faster after-market service,” he added. Netstal had an Elion all-electric machine with a 96cavity closure mould running at 2.3 seconds or 2,200 closures/minute. Merki said the machine was shown t o t a rg e t t h e h i g h v o l u m e C h i n e s e m a r k e t . H a v i n g s u c c e s s f u l l y ru n c u s t o m e r t r i a l s i n E u ro p e , N e t s t a l will start producing the machine in August. KraussMaffei did not have any machines running but showed the latest ZE30 UTX twin-screw laboratory extruder developed by sister company KraussMaffei Berstorff.

All bundled into one German machinery supplier KraussMaffei is consolidating its injection moulding machine arm b y c re a t i n g a s i n g l e s u b s i d i a r y i n C h i n a . T h e t w o existing Chinese subsidiaries of sister companies KraussMaffei and Netstal will be merged to form Shanghai KraussMaffei Machinery. The new subsidiary will market KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and N e t s t a l m a c h i n e s i n t h e c o u n t r y. T h i s f o l l o w s t h e recent move in Brazil, where the two companies merged their operations.

Big gains from the automotive sector Executives at Austrian machine maker Engel’s booth h a d p l e n t y o f re a s o n s t o s m i l e . I t ’ s s a l e s w e re u p by 50% from EUR358 million in 2009/10 to EUR650 million in 2010/11, plus it has EUR700 million worth of orders in hand. A reason for its record performance i s t h e a u t o m o t i v e s e c t o r w h e re p ro c e s s o r s a re n o t only investing in replacement machinery but also in n e w e q u i p m e n t , s a i d M a r k e t i n g D i re c t o r / H e a d o f Sales Gerd Liebig. Engel has also started rehiring and now has 3,500 employees, back to its pre-crisis days. Furthermore, Engel has upped its market share in the packaging, telecommunications and electronics sectors with its two-platen Duo Pico and hydraulic Victory lines. “The introduction of servohydraulics for the Victory means energy consumption is reduced by 30-50%,” Liebig explained. The automotive growth has also trickled to C h i n a w h e re t h e c o m p a n y i s p u m p i n g u p c a p a c i t y at its Shanghai plant to 200 machines/year to meet higher demand for its large machinery ranging f r o m 5 0 0 - 3 , 2 0 0 t o n n e s . “ We ’ r e e n j o y i n g m a r k e t growth in the country, not just in the short or midt e r m . We e s p e c i a l l y s e e f u r t h e r m o m e n t u m f r o m t h e a u t o m o t i v e m a r k e t w h e re a 1 0 - 1 5 % g r o w t h i s e x p e c t e d f o r v e h i c l e s a l e s , ” s a i d G e ro Wi l l m e ro t h , President, Sales and Service, of Engel’s Chinese operations. He also added that the automotive industry, which is concent rated in Ea s t C h i n a n o w, is expected to fan out to the West.

Netstal was demonstrating a high-volume production of closures

“ We d e c i d e d o n t h i s o p t i o n a f t e r l i s t e n i n g t o o u r c u s t o m e r s , ” s a i d H a r a l d S c h w e i t z e r, w h o w i l l manage the new subsidiary from 1 July. “We regard China as a growth market and want to provide our full attention with one team of engineers servicing both companies,” he said, adding that KraussMaffei h a s b e e n i n C h i n a f o r t e n y e a r s n o w. H e a l s o s a i d the company has “made a name for itself in the automotive industry as a supplier of big machines.” Other models like the MX swivel-platen and c o m p re s s i o n m o u l d i n g m a c h i n e h a v e b e e n s o l d t o make multi-colour TV screens and windscreens. Meanwhile, Bernhard Merki, CEO of Netstal, told PRA, “It is important for us to join forces i n a f a s t g ro w i n g m a r k e t . ” M e r k i d i d n o t ru l e o u t t h e p o s s i b i l i t y o f f u t u re m a c h i n e b u i l d i n g i n t h e c o u n t r y, s a y i n g t h a t t h e f i r s t s t e p w o u l d b e t o assemble PET closure systems and integrate auxliary 3

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MACHINERY NEWS focusing on its energy-saving SE model, having sold 3,000 units since it was launched in 2009, which represents 70% of its total injection machinery sales. At Chinaplas, the company showcased hybrid, servodriven and rubber injection machines and also introduced a nano infrared heater, with energy s a v i n g f e a t u re s . I t a l s o s h o w c a s e d i t s i S e e m o b i l e application, a tool that allows remote monitoring of machines using a mobile phone. It exhibited the iPad version at the K show last year. One of China’s largest producers of injection moulding machines, Haitian International says its e x p o r t s i n c re a s e d b y m o re t h a n 1 0 0 % l a s t y e a r. I t recently started up in Vietnam and expects to produce up to 2,000 machines/year at its 12,000 sq m facility. It had record sales of RMB7 billion last year with i t s e n e rg y s a v i n g M a r s s e r i e s c o n t i n u i n g t o l e a d , accounting for 70% of machines sold, while its alle l e c t r i c Z h a f i r Ve n u s s e r i e s s a w a 3 0 0 % i n c r e a s e i n s a l e s . A t C h i n a p l a s , i t p re s e n t e d a P a l l a s 2 5 0 0 e q u i p p e d w i t h Tr e x e l ’ s m i c r o c e l l u l a r f o a m i n g t e c h n o l o g y. E x e c u t i v e D i re c t o r H e l m a r F r a n z s a i d that the future focus of the company will be in the moulding of bioplastics and high-heat materials like PEEK, PEI, PPS and PES, which is possible on its Zhafir Mecury model.

Having generated a turnover of EUR50 million last y e a r, t h e C h i n e se operation is expected to grow at 10% this year. “Most of the output is for the domestic market with some machines exported to Malaysia, T h a i l a n d , I n d o n e s i a , I n d i a a n d S o u t h K o re a , ” h e added. Chinese machinery makers seeking expansions in overseas markets Chinese machinery makers are also beginning to be noticed like Yizumi Precision Machinery that recently acquired the intellectual property and customer lists o f U S - b a s e d H P M , w h i c h w e n t b a n k r u p t . Yi z u m i now plans to set up a technical centre in the US and reintroduce to the market HPM’s range of die-casting and injection moulding machines. At the show, Yizumi demonstrated a 48-cavity PET preform machine with an AC servomotor-driven hydraulic pump running in a 12-second cycle. E s t a b l i s h e d i n 2 0 0 2 , Yi z u m i c l a i m s t o h a v e a strong presence in China. According to a company spokesperson, who did not want to be named, Yizumi is China’s largest die-casting machine maker and the sixth largest injection moulding machine maker. It h a s a l s o a p p o i nt ed di st rib ut ors and ag ent s ab road and last year exported 20% of its total turnover. To double its capacity, the Guangdong-headquartered c o m p a n y i s c u r rently building a facility in Foshan t h a t w i l l s t a r t up next year. This year, it expects a turnover of around US$90 million for both its plastics and rubber machinery and a growth of 30%, said the spokesperson. Another Chinese machinery maker that has its eye on the foreign market is Guangzhou Borch Machinery. S e t u p i n 2 0 0 3 , t h e c o m p a n y s a y s i t s o l d a ro u n d 4,000 machines overseas last year, around 30% of its total output. At Chinaplas, it showed its BU twoplaten machine moulding furniture and a BM fourcolour machine, a range it introduced in 2003. The company builds its own servomotors and assembles the hydraulic drive systems using Yuken two-stage piston pumps. In 2009, it launched an all-electric range, with clamping forces of 30-50 tonnes, and was also the first supplier in the country to make its own tandem mould. Early this year, Hong Kong-based Cosmos Machinery formalised its Indian joint venture company JHWelltec Machines in Ahmedabad, set up together with Indian machine maker Jishu-Hozen Machines. It plans to source 40% of the machine parts from India and to manufacture models with clamping forces of up to 700 tonnes. In China, Cosmos opened a facility in Dongguan r e c e n t l y, t o i n c r e a s e i t s c a p a c i t y b y 3 0 % a n d i s b u i l d i n g a n o t h e r f a c i l i t y i n Wu x i . A l l t h e s e g o a l s are to increase its sales by 50% come 2013. It is also

Auxiliary equipment makers French robot maker Sepro is targeting American and E u ro p e a n O E M c u s t o m e r s i n C h i n a , s a i d c o m p a n y CEO Jean-Michel Renaudeau when met at Sumitomo D e m a g (S H I ) ’ s b o o t h . I t f o r m e d a p a r t n e r s h i p w i t h SHI in 2009 and launched its SDR range of robots to fit SHI’s Systec IntElect moulding machines. Though it has been catering to the high-end automation market in China since the late 1990s, with car company Peugeot as its main customer, Sepro wants to develop its local sales further. Renaudeau f e e l s t h e t i m e i s r i g h t n o w. “ S a l a r i e s a re r i s i n g i n China and this is where automation comes in to re d u c e s t a ff n u m b e r s , ” h e e x p l a i n e d . W h e n a s k e d i f t h e ro b o t s w o u l d b e b u i l t l o c a l l y, h e s a i d , “ O u r philisophy is to produce all our products in France, despite the exchange rate, so as to centralise quality and R&D.” He said that Sepro does not pretend to be a “cheap manufacturer,” adding, “we bring value to customers.” Ta i w a n e s e a u x i l i a r y e q u i p m e n t p ro d u c e r S h i n i , meanwhile, is constructing its sixth facility and this time in West China. The company has acquired a 20acre site in Chongqing Province and expects to start c o n s t r u c t i o n t h i s y e a r. I t w i l l i n v e s t u p t o R M B 3 m i l l i o n i n t h e f a c i l i t y o v e r f i v e y e a r s . To p ro d u c e up to 500 units/month, the new facility will cater to electronic/electrical, automotive and food packaging suppliers. ◆ 4

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