Two of General Motors Corp.'s Delphi units recently purchased a total of 17 Trueblood insert molding machines, for more than $4 million.
The vertical-clamp injection molding machines are manufactured by the Trueblood division of PH Group Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. PH Group announced the orders. The Trueblood division accounts for about half of PH Group's projected 1997 sales of $12.6 million.
In the largest-ever order for Trueblood, 16 of the machines were sold to GM's Delphi Energy & Engine Management Systems, according to Robert Thompson, Trueblood's national sales manager.
Delphi will use the machines to encapsulate ignition parts and mold electrical connectors and other engine parts.
Trueblood shipped the machines to three Delphi Energy & Engine Management Systems plants, Thompson said. He could not identify the plant locations.
Delphi Steering Systems also bought one Trueblood vertical press, equipped with parts handling automation, for its plant in Athens, Ala. According to the machinery maker, the press injects plastic around a sintered metal sleeve in General Motors' MagnaSteer variable power assist gear.
Trueblood is exhibiting at NPE 1997, at Booth S1382.