BATAVIA, OHIO - Expanding on two continents, Cincinnati Milacron Inc. recently broke ground in southern Ohio for a 30,000-square-foot engineering center at its Plastics Machinery Group headquarters and announced a joint venture to make injection molding machines in India. Milacron will spend about $5 million on the expansion in Batavia, according to Bruce F. Kozak, vice president of Milacron's plastics injection machinery business. A groundbreaking cere-mony was held March 29. The building should be completed in August, creating about 50 jobs.
The addition will house engineering and research and development, and will be tied by satellite to Milacron plants in Vienna, Austria, and Malterdingen, Germany, and to customers and suppliers worldwide, said Bob Meyer, chief engineer.
Kozak said the $5 million investment includes a new system for computer-aided design, manufacturing and engineering.
In a demonstration after the groundbreaking, two Milacron engineers used large-screen computers to manipulate parts of an injection molding machine, shown in three dimensions. In the demonstration, the computer automatically calculated how changes in the design of one part affected all other parts.
That capability will enable Milacron to design machinery more quickly, helping the company's Wolfpack product-design strategy, said Harold Faig, group vice president.
Milacron has spent more than $40 million on its plastics machinery facilities during the past five years. The biggest chunk of that, $36 million, came in 1990 when Milacron doubled production at its machining plant in Mount Orab, Ohio. Milacron spent about $2 million on CAD equipment in 1994.
The company plans to invest about $17 million in 1995. In addition to the new engineering center, Kozak said, between $6 million and $8 million will go into Mount Orab.
On April 10, Milacron announced a joint venture to make injection presses in Ahmedabad, India, called Cincinnati Milacron Pvt. Ltd. Minority partner is the Mahendra N. Patel family.
The venture initially will make 600 toggle machines per year with clamping forces of 30-650 tons. Milacron also will market in India other machines, made in the United States and Europe.
The venture must receive approval from India's government.