CLEVELAND — Just a month after Cincinnati Milacron Inc. acquired vertical-press maker Autojectors Inc., Autojectors has introduced its first-ever horizontal-clamp machine — made at Milacron's factory in Ahmedabad, India.
Autojectors announced the new budget-priced Indigo press at Plastics Fair Cleveland, held June 23-25. Autojectors did not have one of the new machines at its show booth, but the firm displayed a photo of the press and described it in a news release.
Until now, Autojectors supplied vertical-clamp injection presses exclusively, manufactured at its two Indiana factories, in Avilla and Albion. The firm is billing the toggle-clamp Indigo as a ``budget-oriented'' machine in these clamping forces: 33, 55, 88, 121, 165, 220, 302 and 440 tons.
Autojectors and Milacron confirmed the machine's roots in India in a separate news release issued July 2.
Harold Faig, Milacron's group vice president of plastics technologies, acknowledged the Indigo is made at Cincinnati Milacron Pvt. Ltd. in Ahmedabad. Fair said the press would be sold and serviced exclusively through Autojectors, and not through Milacron's Plastics Technologies Group in Batavia. Ohio.
``As a multinational, multibrand company, we can produce machines and market them in an extremely cost-effective way for all segments of the plastics processing industry,'' Faig said in a news release.
``Autojectors has strong brand equity in the vertical injection molding machine market, and has the potential to build its sales and brand with a robust entry-bracket horizontal machine.''
Milacron's move to sell a low-priced, imported machine in North America follows the decision by HPM Corp. to source the machine base for its Universal toggle-clamp press from Welltec Machinery Ltd. of Hong Kong. HPM priced the Universal about 20-25 percent less than other comparably equipped machines.
The very low prices for the HPM press have rankled other injection press makers.
Milacron also has complained about pricing pressure from machines from Asia, where weak currencies translate into lower U.S. prices.
Faig could not be reached for additional comment.
HPM of Mount Gilead, Ohio, buys components and subassemblies from Asia and Europe, and does its own final assembly.
Milacron said it buys Indigo's hydraulic, control and electronic components from major U.S. and international suppliers. Press features include rigid cast platens designed using finite element analysis, proportional hydraulics and a twin-cylinder injection unit. It is microprocessor-controlled.
Clamp stroke ranges from 9.84 inches on the 33-ton press to 25.6 inches on the 440-ton machine. Maximum daylight is about 211/2-53 inches over the entire line.