TOKYO - Tokyo-based Niigata Engineering Co. Ltd. said it shipped 900 injection presses in 1995 - 550 units to Japanese customers and 350 for export. The largest volume of machines shipped were small presses with clamping forces of 100 tons or less. Niigata also said it plans to market an electric molding machine with a vertical clamp.
Niigata's U.S. business is handled by Daiichi Jitsugyo (America) Inc. of Elk Grove Village, Ill.
MUNICH, GERMANY - Sales grew by 15.4 percent at plastics machinery manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH in 1995, but the company expects worldwide demand to slow in 1996, Krauss-Maffei officials said at its two-day Summer Forum.
More than 1,300 people from 15 countries attended the forum held June 13-14 at Krauss-Maffai headquarters in Munich.
The forum marked the last such event for Rolf Lidl, chairman of the managing board of Krauss-Maffei.
Lidl voluntarily left the company Aug. 31, according to the company. He will be succeeded by Wilhelm Schroder.
Krauss-Maffei reported sales of about $373 million (533 deutsche marks) last year, 15.4 percent more than the year before. At the K'95 show in Germany, officials were predicting a 1995 sales gain of 15 percent.
Exports were strong, but orders from within Germany ``left much to be desired,'' the company said.
Injection molding press sales were strong, as Krauss-Maffei introduced a number of products, such as a two-platen machine.
Company officials predicted a worldwide downward trend for extrusion machinery, after several years of growth.
The outlook is more favorable for reaction injection molding machines.
Visitors to the Summer Forum saw Krauss-Maffei's new 18,300-square-foot Technikum, with a large area for demonstrating machinery and a two-story building for offices and lecture rooms. The company spent about $35 million to renovate a former foundry in Munich into the Technikum.
During the forum, 23 injection molding machines were displayed.
Visitors also attended a forum on using films for surfacing enhancement.
Krauss-Maffei's U.S. unit is based in Florence, Ky.
MILAN, ITALY - The market for machinery to blow mold automotive air ducts with alternating rigid and flexible sections has a new player: Italian machinery manufacturer S.T. Soffiaggio Tecnica Srl of Milan.
The firm is a member of the Meico group of companies.
The extrusion blow molding machine has two extruders, each with its own accumulator head, and a vertical clamping unit with 13 tons of clamping force.
S.T Soffiaggio Tecnica said the machine can be used to make three-dimensional parts, for sequential blow molding and for coextrusion.
In North America, S.T. Soffiaggio Tecnica is represented by Mold Pro Inc. of Burlington, Ontario.
n*Machinery manufacturer Battenfeld of America Inc. of West Warwick, R.I., has placed a 165-ton BK-T 1500/630 injection molding machine on consignment with AC Technology Co.'s C-Mold Learning Center in Louisville, Ky.