China's Haitian opens Cleveland-area tech center

By Steve Toloken
Staff Reporter / Asia Bureau Chief

Published: April 5, 2012 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Injection Molding, Machinery, NPE 2012

ORLANDO, FLA. (April 5, 6:30 p.m. ET) — Absolute Haitian Corp. (Booth 1573), the U.S. affiliate of Chinese injection molding machine maker Ningbo Haitian Machinery Co. Ltd., is opening a technical center in Parma, Ohio, to handle increased business and build stronger links with auto parts manufacturing companies in the region.

The 20,000 square foot facility will house aftermarket support functions, including customer training, field service and aftermarket parts, along with a warehouse for machine demonstration and mold trials, Worcester, Mass.-based Absolute Haitian said in a news conference at NPE2012.

The Ohio facility, located four miles from the Cleveland airport, will complement an existing technical center the company has in Chicago but will have more of a focus on aftermarket support.

“We are currently implementing many upgrades to the facility, such as hardwood floors, remodeling of the warehouse and office space, and outdoor park-like area for the company and customer gatherings,” said Absolute Haitian President Glenn Frohring.

At NPE, Ningbo, China-based Haitian showed several machines, including one of its new Mercury series manufactured at its factory in Ebermannsdorf, Germany, molding medical pipettes in a 64-cavity mold.

It also showed a 150-metric ton model in its all-electric Venus series targeted at the packaging industry, making a 16-cavity cap mold, with a cycle time of under five seconds. Haitian also presented one of its Mars series molding snack trays, using a multi-axis robot.

Absolute Haitian officials said the company sells up to 200 injection molding machines a year in the United States.

Absolute Haitian has grown Haitian’s U.S. market share about one percentage point a year, from zero when it opened in 2006 to about 6 percent now, and anticipates continuing on the same trend, said Mike Ortolano, chief engineer with Absolute Haitian.

Haitian said its North American sales roughly doubled last year, reaching $19.9 million in 2011, compared with $10.3 million in 2010.

North America remains a small market globally for the firm, accounting for about 6.3 percent of export sales last year. Including its mainstay domestic China market, Haitian had 2011 sales of about $1.11 billion.


Comments

China's Haitian opens Cleveland-area tech center

By Steve Toloken
Staff Reporter / Asia Bureau Chief

Published: April 5, 2012 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Houston Plastic continues to grow with new press, controlled production area

October 1, 2014 11:32 am ET

Custom injection molder Houston Plastic Products Corp. has extended its clamp tonnage range and added an environmentally controlled molding area.    More

Image

Ohio molder Denbro Plastics moves to new location

September 29, 2014 6:17 pm ET

Logo products injection molder Denbro Plastics Co. has moved to another plant within Toledo, Ohio, to streamline production and improve efficiency.    More

Image

Audacious vandal stuns Taipei Plas

September 29, 2014 4:59 pm ET

Melodrama erupted at the traditionally tranquil Taipei Plas trade show on Sept. 28 when a mysterious intruder flung red paint at the Baumüller...    More

Image

Shini pushes into western China

September 29, 2014 4:28 pm ET

Despite intellectual-property brigands, Taiwan's Shini Plastics Technologies Inc. is zestfully pursuing the enormous Chinese market for plastics...    More

Image

Global giant Foxconn to make, sell molding machines

September 26, 2014 2:48 pm ET

For years, Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group has been the world's largest contract manufacturer for electronics, with more than 1 million employees wo...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends and micro trends faced by companies that do business in Mexico. The report also provides key industry statistics and forecasts to anticipate future industry expansion.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events