CHICAGO (July 13, 9:30 a.m. EDT) — With Asian economies in recovery and the key U.S. market still strong, Japanese injection press manufacturers are bullish about sales this year, according to Tsukasa Yoda, president of Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. Ltd.
Yoda is chairman of the Association of Japan Plastics Machinery. The trade group has set a production target of more than 14,000 injection presses this year — an increase of about 8 percent from 1999.
Nissei has a good chunk of that market, turning out about 3,000 machines last year from its factory in Nagano, Japan. Yoda said Nissei exported about 700 of those machines to the United States.
"The U.S. economy is the most important factor. At this moment, it´s very good," Yoda said.
Is it good enough that Nissei would ever consider U.S. assembly? How about low-cost assembly in China, a current hot topic of Asian machinery makers? Yoda had a simple answer: "No." By keeping assembly in one big factory, Nissei gains the most efficient production possible, he said.
At NPE 2000, Nissei continued its emphasis on all-electric injection molding technology. Nine of the 15 machines at its booth were all-electrics.
One electric press, a little 22-tonner, drew crowds as it slapped out connectors on a 0.68-second cycle from a liquid crystal polymer.
Nissei first showed the press, dubbed the ES200H, at the IPF show last year in Japan. NPE marked the North America debut for the press, which uses center-drive servomotors to run both injection and clamping.
Not far from the tiny machine, Nissei´s largest press at NPE, a hydraulic-clamp FV9200 molded a polypropylene storage box with its 945 tons of clamping force.
In the United States, Nissei is represented by Nissei America Inc. of Anaheim, Calif.
In other NPE news, Nissei:
* Showed a 309-ton electric press, an ES6000H, that boasts a larger motor than other electric presses to do fast-cycle molding.
* Molded a connector cover on its tiny 7.7-ton HM7 Denkey machine.
* Showed two-color molding on an all-electric press for the first time in the United States, using a 132-ton DC120E press.
* Ran a 398-ton hydraulic press, the FN7000, with improved plasticizing capability.
* Showed a small hydraulic press, the PN60, with a new injection unit, including a new screw and barrel.