DUSSELDORF, GERMANY - Engel North America sold $180 million worth of machines in 1994, a 40 percent increase over 1993, according to President Karl Pieper. Engel expects North American sales to hit $210 million in the 1995 fiscal year, which concludes at the end of March 1996. Engel North America should make 600 injection molding ma-chines this year and 750 machines next year, Pieper said during an Oct. 7 press conference at K'95 in Dusseldorf.
Engel North American manufacturers machines with clamping forces from 500-4,000 tons in York, Pa., and machines under 500 tons in Guelph, Ontario. The company also manufactures robots in Guelph.
At the trade show news conference, Pieper disclosed that Engel North America is building a 4,000-ton coinjection machine for Ford Motor Co.
Engel's parent company, Engel Vertriebsgesellschaft mbH of Schwertberg, Austria, predicts its turnover will increase 15-20 percent in the 1995 fiscal year. Exports account for more than 90 percent of the company's sales.
Companywide, Engel makes 2,700 machines and 550 robots a year, according to Peter Neumann, managing director. The 50-year-old company employs about 2,600 worldwide.
Neumann said Engel is interested in setting up Asian manufacturing, but the company first needs to determine the level of Asian demand for its injection presses.
``Low-cost, low-quality machine is not the Engel type of machine,'' he said.
In technology news at K'95, held Oct. 5-12, Engel demonstrated a new nozzle head designed for coinjection molding on small presses, shown on a 140-ton press making screw caps with a polypropylene core and a skin of thermoplastic rubber.
Under the simplified design, melt pressure of each injection unit controls the movement of a sliding shut-off sleeve, which opens the runners to either the skin or the core material, the company said.
An optional module is available for multicolor and multicomponent molding.
Engel also showed its DUO line of two-platen machines, which saves space by eliminating the third platen.
DUO presses come in clamping forces of 562-5,000 tons.
According to Engel, it sold its show-floor DUO machine, a 1,686-ton press, to Ford Industrialia Commercio Lada of Brazil.
The company also showed a vertical press, with an injection unit movable on three axes, for the Tecomelt process to manufacture automotive interior panels, lids for glove boxes and other parts requiring a textile laminate.