Milacron Inc. does not manufacture any plastics processing machines in China now, but a senior company official told a conference audience at NPE that ``it's safe to say that we will change that in the near future.''
Jay Woerner, vice president of global manufacturing and sourcing for the Cincinnati-based machine maker, said later in an interview that Milacron is ``in the formative stages'' of evaluating its options for that massive market, and said no timetable has been established for making a decision.
Still, he said early indications are that ``having a manufacturing presence there seems integral to our success there.''
He noted that the preponderance of plastics processing activity is in the east China coastal region and in the south, which will factor into any future site selection decisions.
Milacron already manufactures in the United States, Europe and India, and it sells ``hundreds of machines a year'' in India, Woerner said.
Milacron has three offices in China now, and has been selling into that market for nearly 20 years, he said. He declined to quantify its annual sales level there, other than to say it currently is significantly lower than in India. That is not likely to remain the case, though, he said, given China's unparalleled size and potential.
Woerner, who served as a panelist at the ``Crossroads Forum: The China Factor'' breakfast briefing held Jan. 25, noted that Milacron already is selling hydraulic presses to customer in China, and added he expects all-electric presses to be popular there as well.