Nuova Plastic Metal srl, an Italian injection press builder that began to target the U.S. market at NPE 1997, is doubling its production space by building a second assembly factory.
NPM exhibited at NPE, where it announced a network of North American sales agents.
A new, 150,000-square-foot factory should be completed this summer in Montebello, Italy, Merrick Adelstein, North American export manager, said in a telephone interview from Chiampo. The new building is about five miles from NPM's plant in Chiampo.
NPM makes 200-250 toggle-clamp injection presses a year, with clamping forces as large as 2,000 tons. Adelstein said the Chiampo facility becomes cramped when the firm is assembling the larger machines. Once the new factory is completed, NPM will shift production of big machines there. Small-press assembly will continue in Chiampo.
NPM makes machines under the Dynamika and Unyka brands, with five-point toggle mechanisms and closed-loop controls. Unyka is the firm's general-purpose line, in sizes of 45-2,000 tons. Dynamika machines, in clamping forces of 150-320 tons, are designed for high-speed molding of thin-wall parts.
Last year, the firm received patents for a long-stroke model, Unyka CL, that has a seven-point toggle. Unyka CL machines have clamping forces of 45-1,400 tons.
The company also makes presses for multicolor, multimaterial molding. It has sold vertical-clamp presses with three injection units to companies that mold ski boots and in-line skates.
NPM announced these North American sales agents: Louis P. Batson Inc. of Greenville, S.C.; Process Masters Co. of Westborough, Mass.; Moldpro Inc. of Burlington, Ontario. Service is being handled by Production Machinery Services of Mississauga, Ontario.
Adelstein said NPM wants to have a trained service technician in the same geographic areas as its sales agents — ideally working at the sales office.
Nuova Plastic Metal, founded in 1954, employs 100.