LONG BEACH, CALIF. - Sensing an exchange-rate advantage, Plenty Island (Taiwan) Corp. is entering the U.S. injection molding market with four-axis degating robots, which were on dispaly at WPE in Long Beach. Cody Y.C. Chang, general manager,said Plenty Island manufactures the robots in Taipei, Taiwan, and will sell them in competition with Hama corp. And Kawaguchi Ltd., Tokyo based firms that must deal with Japan's disadvantage against U.S. currency. Taiwan's currency is significantly more stable than Japan's.
In Asia, mainly Japan, Plenty Island has sold 200 Model 100 servo-motor systems since 1994. Model 1000 sells for $21,00-$23,000, and Model 2000 for $19,000-$21,000, depending on accessories.
Plenty Island distributors include Itochu subsidiary Texmac Inc. of Charlotte, N.C.; Japan-affiliated Olies America Corp. of Plymouth, Mich.; Goldon Tiger Corp. of concord, Calif.; and Peerless Systems of Flemington. N.J.
Michale Branett, Texmas sales representative, said the robots will be shiipped to customers with a videotape explaning setup.
Working with Plenty Island, an Oiles America plant in Concord, N.C., has used five Model 1000s to make injection molded. oilless bearings for the automotive industry for three years.
Plenty Island, which employs 90 at it 12,000-square-foot plant, is a unit if FA Machinery Manufacturing of Taipei.