Micro Molding Technologies Inc. is expanding capacity and scouting Russia for low-cost, quality tooling. The Boynton Beach, Fla., private firm was expecting delivery of two new presses the week of Feb. 7, said President Michael Bentz. It will install a 200-ton Nissei UH, high-speed, thin-wall press and a Van Dorn Demag insert machine that together with auxiliaries cost about $400,000, Bentz estimated in a telephone interview.
He said the Nissei, with 45,000 pounds per square inch of pressure, will be used to make special polymer plates for a new generation of fuel cells being developed by his company, an undisclosed client and the Department of Energy. The new Van Dorn Demag press probably will make home appliance and auto parts.
Micro is qualifying tool shops in Russia, where Bentz said firms charge a fraction of North American prices for precision molds. Mold delivery times from that country would be alleviated by pre-approval in Russia prior to mold shipping, he explained.
Bentz said his company prides itself on hiring skilled immigrants who have "a tremendous work ethic." A recent hire was an immigrant from Ukraine, a nuclear engineer who once delivered pizza to Micro's night shifts. Micro has since promoted him to a senior position.
The company only began production in early 1998 with an engineer-heavy staff but predicts last year's sales of more than $2 million could double in 2000.
Micro runs 13 high-pressure presses with clamping forces of 20-300 tons. All are equipped with RJG mold-cavity pressure monitoring technology to minimize bad parts. Bentz said its customer base is diverse, including electronics, aerospace, Tier 2 auto suppliers and specialty packaging components.