TORONTO - Engel Canada Inc. expects to manufacture tiebarless injection presses greater than 100 tons at Guelph, Ontario, within the next two years. ``The market is here for it'' in North America, said Kurt Fenske, vice president of sales and marketing for Engel Canada. Tiebarless design makes automated parts handling easier, he added.
Engel has been making 35- to 100-ton tiebarless models in North America and has been supplying such presses as large as 440 tons from its parent firm in Austria.
Fenske said strong European currency values make North American production of the presses more attractive.
Engel has made ``thousands'' of tiebarless presses for customers worldwide since they were introduced at the K'89 show.
Fenske said Engel recently built its largest multicolor injection press in North America, a 1,300-tonner for an undisclosed automotive supplier in Mexico. The press features three independent injection units, rotary table, five-axis Engel robot and quick barrel change.
``We do a lot of business in this field,'' said Fenske, who added that several multicolor presses of 500-1,300 tons are being built in North America.
Assembly bay added to HPM headquarters
MOUNT GILEAD, OHIO - In a move to speed up production of its toggle-clamp injection molding machines, HPM Corp. will add a 250-foot-long assembly bay to its Mount Gilead headquarters plant.
Completion is scheduled for August. HPM said subassembly cells and pretesting will be used to improve the assembly process. The new bay will have its own painting area and cranes able to handle as much as 45 tons.
``With the addition of the new bay, HPM can concentrate on toggle VA stock machines,'' said William Flickinger, president and chief executive officer.
Quick deliveries were a goal of the VA program, introduced at NPE '94. The bay will give HPM 450,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
Tomen American forms parts, service center
BUFFALO GROVE, ILL. - Tomen America Inc., U.S. distributor of Kawaguchi Ltd. injection molding machines, announced the formation of a new company dedicated to supplying parts and service, Tomen Tec Center Inc.
Tomen Tec Center began operating April 1. A new computerized system with bar coding and inventory tracking features will allow Tomen to manage an expanded spare parts inventory. Orders will be shipped within 24 hours. Dedicated lines have been set up for technical service and parts information.
Joe Sweeney, manager of Tomen America Plastics Machinery, also will serve as vice president of Tomen Tec Center.
Tomen Tec Center can be reached at:
(800) 544-0585 - nationwide direct phone line for technical service support.
(708) 215-6861 - direct line for parts orders and information.
(714) 692-6543 - direct line in Yorba Linda, Calif., for technical service support.
(708) 520-1878 - fax line.
Lucky-Goldstar Group changes its name
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Lucky-Goldstar Group of Seoul, parent company of the firm that makes injection molding machines, changed its name and unveiled a new logo.
The company now is called LG Group. Lucky-Goldstar International (America) Inc., the Englewood Cliffs, N.J., company that markets its injection presses, also changed its name, to LG International (America) Inc. The presses will continue to be known as Goldstar machines.
Davis-Standard sales up in first quarter
STAMFORD, CONN. - Crompton & Knowles Corp. announced its Davis-Standard unit, which makes specialty processing equipment and controls, saw sales surge 73 percent, to $65.7 million, in the first quarter of fiscal 1995, ended April 1. The year-ago figure was $38 million.
Davis-Standard, based in Pawcatuck, Conn., makes extrusion equipment, blow molders and related process controls. Its operating profit for the quarter grew by 47 percent, to $10 million. The firm credited the growth to purchases and base business sales, which increased by 17 percent. Davis-Standard's equipment backlog stood at $78 million at the quarter's end, up from $66 million at the end of the first quarter of 1994.
Stamford-based Crompton & Knowles also makes dyes and specialty chemicals. Companywide, it reported first-quarter sales of $168.2 million, a 26 percent gain from $133.6 million in the first quarter of 1994. It posted $13.2 million in profit, a 3.4 percent increase from the year-ago figure of $12.7 million.
Thermal Care opens office in California
NILES, ILL. - Thermal Care, a Niles-based manufacturer of chillers, cooling towers and temperature control equipment, has opened a Thermal Care West office in Riverside, Calif.
The office will stock inventory and will coordinate, along with local sales representatives, all sales in California, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.
Heading the office is Mike Clavelli, former president of Aquatemp Inc., a chilling systems supplier in Riverside. He has 22 years of experience. Burt Christian is market manager, with 18 years of industrial sales experience. Clavelli's wife, Sheri, is office manager.
The address of Thermal Care West is: 2253 Business Way, Riverside, Calif. 92507; tel. (909) 787-9527, fax (909) 787-9374.
Hi-Tech represents MBM in N. America
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Hi-Tech Engineering Inc. of Grand Rapids has signed a long-term license agreement with Michel Baule Mecanique of Romans, France, which makes elastomer dispensing machinery.
Hi-Tech will handle MBM sales, manufacturing, installation, service and spare parts in North America.
MBM dispensing equipment can process from two to five polyurethane components at outputs ranging from one-half to 125 pounds a minute.
Hi-Tech Engineering makes reaction injection molding and resin transfer molding equipment.