GEORGETOWN, ONTARIO - Hot-runner systems manufacturer Mold-Masters Ltd. opened its first U.S. plant Oct. 2. The Spartanburg, S.C., facility, called Mold-Masters Injectioneering LLC, contains computer numerically controlled machining centers, jig borers, grinders and other equipment to make manifolds and hot-half mold plates for the U.S. market. It will expand operations to include hot-runner system components, Jonathon Fischer, Mold-Masters Injectioneering president, said in a news release.
The plant has 40,000 square feet of space. Mold-Masters said it was designed for eventual expansion to 200,000 square feet. Officials will begin an ISO 9001 certification program and aim to achieve the rating within two years. Its Georgetown headquarters and Baden-Baden, Germany, facility are ISO 9001 certified.
Fischer said the United States is one of the firm's major markets and it chose Spartanburg because of its progressive community and work force.
Mold-Masters has production capacity in Kawasaki, Japan, and sales offices in North America, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Japan. Jobst and Waltraud Gellert established the private firm in 1963 as a custom injection molding shop that eventually specialized in hot-runner systems. The firm holds more than 500 patents.