CHICAGO (Oct. 4, 3:50 p.m. EDT) — Omnexus officially went live Oct. 2 with its latest offering, an online resource to comparison-shop injection presses.
The Omnexus Equipment eMarketplace also picked up a third major injection press supplier, Van Dorn Demag Corp. The company´s equipment will be on Omnexus' searchable database of equipment, joining Engel Vertriebsgessellschaft mbH and Demag Ergotech.
Adding Van Dorn means Omnexus has three injection press makers on its site, Michael Thaler, vice president of Atlanta-based Omnexus, said at Plastics USA in Chicago. The company said it is negotiating with the others, including a couple of other major players — Milacron Inc. and Nissei America Inc.
“There are other equipment companies scheduled to come in over the next few months,” Thaler said, without saying if either of those two will be added.
Adding Van Dorn is a significant step toward demonstrating the site´s neutrality, Thaler said, because it shows the company is serious about adding machinery makers that are not investors. Engel is one of 14 equity investors in Omnexus, while Demag Ergotech and Van Dorn Demag are not, Thaler said.
“It shows it´s not just something that Engel invested in,” he said.
Omnexus currently sells resin online, but the equipment offering will not let buyers make a purchase, Thaler said.
“No one buys a $500,000 machine online,” Thaler said.
Instead, Omnexus charges the machinery company for each qualified lead that is produced from the site.
The site uses a platform developed by BigMachines Inc., a Foster City, Calif., developer of eBusiness software.
Omnexus lets companies search for injection presses with multiple parameters, by keyword or by supplier, and can submit requests for quotations to the suppliers.
“Omnexus has built capabilities that answer the call of equipment buyers and design engineers who want to streamline their search and ordering processes,” said David Jukes, senior vice president of Omnexus.
Omnexus also plans to add extrusion, thermoforming and rotational molding equipment suppliers, although a specific timetable has not been set, Thaler said.