MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO — Chinese injection press manufacturer Haitian Machinery Co. Ltd. plans a more aggressive push into North America.
The company has begun designing machines in Canada for North American specifications. Early this year, it set up a test facility and warehouse in Mississauga to support its thrust into North America's press market.
The Ningbo, China-based firm will use many locally serviceable components, such as Siemens controllers, in machines it makes for North America, said Dave Anaka, who is helping Haitian Machinery achieve North American specs.
Anaka owns Plastech Machinery Solutions Ltd., a machine rebuilder and repair service in Mississauga.
"These are not typical Chinese machines," Anaka said at Plast-Ex 2001.
The injection molding machines are based on high-quality steel produced in Japan and are designed for general-purpose, heavy-duty use, the company said.
Haitian Machinery was molding beer glasses on a new, 308-ton, horizontal press designed for North America at the show, held April 30-May 3 in Mississauga.
Haitian Machinery (Canada) Co. Ltd. has been around for three years, but before moving to its new location it only rented office space.
If demand for Haitian presses warrants, the firm eventually may set up an assembly plant in Canada. So far, more than two dozen Haitian presses have been sold in North America.
Haitian makes toggle presses, but it is developing models based on hydromechanical clamps, according to Kingsley Qi Qin, the Canadian firm's president and chief executive officer.
The Chinese operation is one of the biggest press makers in the world and turned out 5,500 machines last year, he said. In 1998, Haitian, then known as Ningbo Haitian Corp. Ltd., formed a partnership with German press maker Demag Ergotech GmbH for sales in Asia.