Nutter factory adds 12,000 square feet
HEBRON, OHIO — Nutter Machine Co. Inc., which makes downstream extrusion equipment and custom machines, has nearly doubled the space at its factory in Hebron.
Nutter expanded its 15,000-square-foot plant by another 12,000 square feet. The company moved into the $700,000 expansion in November, according to Robert Maron, who works in product design and sales.
Nutter was founded in 1982 to supply oil field products. The firm later diversified into custom machines and small machines to bend metal tubing, such as automotive break lines. The plastics machinery move came in 1998, when Nutter bought the line of auxiliary equipment for sheet, profiles, pipe and tubing from Sakas Inc. of Baltimore. Under the Sakas-NMC nameplate, Nutter builds saws, hot knife machines, coilers, pipe perforators, wheel pullers and embosser stands.
Maron said the plant expansion will benefit all areas of Nutter's business, not just the plastics machinery side. The firm has added a paint booth and expanded the welding area and storage space.
"That gave us some breathing room that we really needed," he said. Nutter employs 40.
Japanese suppliers report prolific 2000
NAGANO, JAPAN — A news report from Japan indicates that country's injection press builders enjoyed a strong market in 2000.
Industrial Machinery News predicted 2000 injection press production would reach 13,800 units. But the magazine speculated that booming growth in cellular phones, computers and other information technology products could push press sales much higher — to 17,000.
Since the early 1990s, the magazine said, Japanese manufacturers have become increasingly dependent on exports to the United States, China and other Asian countries, as Japan's vaunted "bubble economy" burst and killed domestic press demand.
Japan's home market remained stagnant in 2000, but information technology products made in Taiwan and China picked up the slack. Molders who supply the cell phone and related markets also favor all-electric presses, which have been embraced by Japanese press builders, the paper said. Results for all of 2000 were not available.
At NPE 2000 in June, the chairman of the Association of Japan Machinery, Tsukasa Yoda, said the trade group had set a 2000 production target of more than 14,000 injection molding presses. Yoda is president of Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. Ltd., based in Nagano.
Nissei subsidiary goes to Mexico City
MEXICO CITY — Injection press maker Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. Ltd. said its Nissei Mexico SA de CV subsidiary has moved from Monterrey to Cuahutemoc, Mexico City. The new office opened Dec. 4.
Officials of Nagano, Japan-based Nissei said the company needed a bigger office to expand sales, improve service and provide immediate delivery. Nissei also wanted to start technical classes for customers.
The two-story building measures 4,455 square feet. Takeshi Kakegawa is managing director.