The Reed Division of Package Machinery Co., back in the business of selling new injection presses after an eight-year absence, is sourcing machine bases from Taiwan's Jon Wai Machinery Works Co. Ltd., a Reed official said.
``They're building the frame, tank and table assemblies,'' said Ted Newsome, Reed's vice president, in a December telephone interview. Jon Wai is building parts for the first batch of Reed Duplimatic vertical insert molding presses now. The Taipei-based company will ship the components to Reed in Springfield, Mass., where workers will do the final assembly.
Reed introduced its new Duplimatic vertical insert molding machine at October's Plastics USA trade show in Chicago. At the time, Reed was negotiating with machinery suppliers in Taiwan and South Korea, but would not identify them.
In a December telephone interview, Newsome said Reed had selected Jon Wai.
``The important thing is not so much where it's being built, but that the engineering is 100 percent out of West Springfield,'' he said.
Reed was a household word for decades, turning a total of 11,000 machines, both horizontal and vertical, from 1936. Package Machinery stopped making new Reed presses in 1990, but has continued to support the machines with spare parts.
Katherine E. Putnam and other investors bought Reed and Package Machinery in 1996.
Newsome said he believes Jon Wai is the third-largest Taiwanese injection press maker.
``They were probably the most flexible in terms of doing other things, other than their own rigid production,'' he said.