Niigata, Ube team up for electric presses
TOKYO — Niigata Engineering Co. Ltd. has joined forces with a fellow Japanese injection press maker, large-press specialist Ube Industries Ltd., to make large-tonnage, all-electric injection molding machines.
Both Tokyo-based companies announced the agreement Sept. 11.
Currently, the companies are working on the largest all-electric press ever made — an alternating-current, servo-driven machine with 950 tons of clamping force. They expect to finish the press in November, and a 720-ton machine will follow in February.
Niigata, which began making all-electric presses in the mid-1980s, did not show one in North America until NPE 1997. Niigata's U.S. operation in Itasca, Ill., has been selling a small-tonnage range of the MD-brand electric machines in clamping forces of 35, 55, 85, 110, 200 and 385 tons.
Robert Columbus, general manager of Niigata's Itasca facility, said the companies are accepting orders for the larger-tonnage electrics, for delivery next year. Columbus said Niigata has sold about 15 of the smaller MD machines to North American molders so far.
Officials of Ube's U.S. assembly and sales operation, Ube Machinery Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich., could not be reached for comment.
The agreement brings together Ube's strength in large-tonnage, toggle-clamp machines with Niigata's background in electric technology, according to the companies.
Arburg expanding boosting press size
LOSSBURG, GERMANY — Arburg GmbH + Co., long a leading German manufacturer of small-tonnage injection molding machines, is turning up the tonnage.
Arburg will build presses with clamping forces to 400 tons at a 132,000-square-foot addition to its headquarters complex in Lossburg.
The expansion should be completed by the end of 1999.
``If you don't get bigger, you get smaller,'' Eugen Hehl, chairman of the board of directors, said at a recent groundbreaking ceremony.
Arburg will add 150 jobs in Lossburg, the Black Forest town where the company was founded 75 years ago. The company currently employs 1,700.
The new building will not have a furnace. Instead, new construction technology uses waste heat from the production process to heat the building. No outside energy will be needed.
Earlier this year, Arburg kicked off its 75th anniversary year by unveiling the Jubilee injection molding press.
Arburg was founded by the Hehl family in 1923 to make medical instruments. Later the firm switched to making flash devices for cameras. Facing problems with the metal connectors on the flashes, the company began working on ways to encapsulate them in plastic.
In 1957, Arburg was dedicated fully to building injection molding machines.
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