CHICAGO — Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. Ltd. (Booth S1347) is building large-tonnage injection molding presses at a new, 11,000-square-foot factory at its headquarters city in Nagano, Japan. Nissei President Tsukasa Yoda said the company spent $6 million to build the factory. Construction was completed June 4. The first machine manufactured at the plant, a press with 1,430 tons of clamping force, will be shipped in early July, Yoda said.
``We're very busy. We need more space for assembly,'' Yoda said Wednesday at a press conference at the company's booth. The plant will assemble machines from 400-1,430 tons.
Nissei, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, sold its 70,000th injection press March 25.
Although a Nissei news release called the new factory ``part of a comprehensive re-evaluation of [Nissei's] large injection molding production facilities,'' Yoda, in a Wednesday news conference at the company's booth, said Nissei does not plan a huge presence in very large machines.
Nissei has made large machines before, including an experimental 4,000-ton press, Yoda said. But the market for machines over 1,000 tons is not that large, and Nissei's main market will continue to be small- and midsized machines, he said.
Expanded big-press manufacturing helps Nissei serve existing customers better, Yoda said.
``Some customers want to have all machines of the same brand. In those cases we have to supply,'' Yoda said, speaking through an interpreter.
Yoda expects Nissei to sell more than 3,600 injection molding machines this year. He said Nissei sells about 800 machines a year in North America.