KraussMaffei speeds localization in China

By Nina Ying Sun
Assistant Managing Editor

Published: April 25, 2014 11:42 am ET
Updated: April 25, 2014 11:47 am ET

Image By: KraussMaffei Group The opening reception for KraussMaffei's new plant in Haiyan.

Related to this story

Topics Machinery, Europe, Asia, CHINAPLAS
Companies & Associations KraussMaffei AG

SHANGHAI — German machinery maker KraussMaffei Group is pushing for more equipment from all three of its brands to be made at its expanded plant in Haiyan, China, while beefing up service and development collaboration with Chinese customers.

KraussMaffei has delivered 50 made-in-China MX injection molding machines since it started making this series in China early last year. Chinese electronics giant TCL recently ordered nine MX machines for the production of TV casings.

With MX’s success, the company now plans to add the production of KraussMaffei GX machines, which are in a larger clamping force range, in Haiyan “later.”

KraussMaffei Berstorff, which started making extrusion equipment in China as early as 2006, made another step forward at the end of 2013 when it started manufacturing compounding extruders in Haiyan.

The third member of the KraussMaffei family, Nestal, is planning to localize the manufacturing of its PET line presses in China, Nestal CEO Hans Ulrich Golz told Plastics News.

This week, KraussMaffei is hosting an open house at its Haiyan factory to celebrate the inauguration of its second production hall. The factory now has a total of 20,000 square meters of production space.

The Haiyan expansion also includes the addition of two new Nestal labs and testing centers, one for PET and the other one with clean room condition to produce medical products.

This week’s open house highlighted an all-electric ELION of a 220 metric tons of clamping force that makes PET blood collection tubes with cycle time of 6.5 seconds. The 48-cavity mold is supplied by Taiwanese company Pass Card, while automation equipment comes from Germany’s Hekuma GmbH and material handling from Motan Colortronic in China.

Complementing its PET business, Nestal is also touting caps and closures applications with high-speed in-mold-labeling technology. Golz told the press that IML is taking off in the Chinese market in the next few years.

Nestal is also expanding its service program by increasing spare part stock, which enables the delivery of parts within as short as 10 hours. It also offers a Chinese-speaking hotline that’s available 24/7.

KraussMaffei’s reaction molding technology is also gaining traction with Chinese customers. It recently sold a high-pressure RimStar Compact 8/4 RTM machine and a RimStar Compact 8/8 for making structural and visible components with composites that are reinforced with carbon fiber or fiberglass.

Ningbo HuaXiang Automotive’s R&D department General Manager Karsten Brast said in a statement: “We have already noticed great interest in lightweight components from OEMs and expect to start to use these in series production, step by step."

Image By: KraussMaffei Group KraussMaffei had an open house at its new production facility in Haiyan, China, where it is making machines for the market in Asia.


Comments

KraussMaffei speeds localization in China

By Nina Ying Sun
Assistant Managing Editor

Published: April 25, 2014 11:42 am ET
Updated: April 25, 2014 11:47 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

UK legislators debate fracking

January 26, 2015 12:19 pm ET

LONDON — An influential group of members of Parliament has called for a moratorium to be imposed on fracking for shale gas as politicians...    More

Image

Oxo-biodegradable lobby slams 'scaremongering'

January 26, 2015 12:16 pm ET

Single-use plastic carrier bags made from biodegradable material should be exempted from the government’s proposed 5p-a-bag levy in England,...    More

Image

W&H buys bigger stake in BSW

January 23, 2015 10:43 am ET

Windmoeller & Hoelscher KG will get more involved in flexible packaging machinery through its bigger stake in machinery maker BSW Machinery Handels-...    More

Image

Esterform buys Constar UK, doubles PET preform capacity

January 23, 2015 10:07 am ET

Constar UK, once part of global packaging firm Constar International Holdings LLC, has a new owner.    More

Image

Gurit wins carbon fiber auto contract using new processing technology

January 23, 2015 9:22 am ET

Switzerland-based composite materials group Gurit Holding AG has been selected as the supplier for carbon fiber based automotive body panels at a valu...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Automotive: Innovation & Emerging Trends

This special report newly released by PN and sponsored by The Conair Group examines current trends in the use of plastics in automotive, materials innovations and the changing landscape. It includes a review of legislative/regulatory activity impacting vehicle development and lightweighting, market opportunities & challenges for mold and toolmakers, innovative design strategies being implemented by major OEMs and suppliers, as well as a review of key indicators in Canada, Mexico, Brazil and China.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

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