Injection molding machinery makers announced plans for two new regional technical centers and the cross-country relocation of a domestic office, while Nissei America Inc. and Negri Bossi USA Inc. disclosed recent equipment deliveries.
About 18 press manufacturers exhibited at Plastec West, with most operating injection molding machines during the Jan. 6-8 trade show in Anaheim.
Demag Plastics Group Corp. of Strongsville, Ohio, and Negri Bossi are setting up new technical centers in Southern California. Demag's sixth domestic customer technical center, in Placentia, Calif., will be available for mold trials and application demonstrations.
``We will have the capability to warehouse machines for faster shipping,'' said Tony Codet, Demag regional sales manager. The 11,000-square-foot facility ``will reduce customers' travel time and costs when running a mold trial.''
By the end of February, Negri Bossi and diversified equipment supplier Alba Enterprises Inc. will have an 11,260-square-foot site in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., for local service, spare parts, training and machine demonstration - initially of a 99-ton Elma VE90 from the show. Alba began representing Negri Bossi for sales in the Southwest in July and will have a broader role in the new technical center, said Tony Brusca, Alba owner.
Negri Bossi of Newark, Del., recently delivered a 230-ton, all-electric press to Craig Technologies Inc. in Seaford, Del., for manufacturing plastic ball bearings, said Liam Burns, Negri Bossi USA general manager.
LG International America Inc. said it is moving its domestic office to Cerritos, Calif., from Elmwood Park, N.J., at the end of February. A larger office and closer proximity to the port of entry were the reasons, according to Jake Kim, assistant manager with the digital systems division.
Tomohiko Naito, president and chief executive officer of Nissei America of Anaheim, said his firm shipped a 121-ton Elject Nex2000-12E and an 88-ton Nex1000-9E to Tech Molded Plastics LLP of Meadville, Pa., in December. In November, it shipped one Nex500- 5E machine each to Labcon North America of Petaluma, Calif., and a MedTech Group Inc. facility in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. Eventually, the series will have 22 models with clamping forces up to 1,000 tons.
Maruka USA Inc. sales manager Gary Smith, based in Cerritos, Calif., said that by June he anticipates domestic marketing of a new all-electric Toyo press featuring a vertical clamp and vertical injection unit. Prototypes are running in Japan.
Michael Keane, vice president of sales for Dri-Air Industries Inc. of East Windsor, Conn., said his firm had more than 120 Minimolder-related sales leads during the show. The injection press is made by the Stone, England, equipment unit of MCP Group.
Mini-Jector Machinery Corp. of Newbury, Ohio, operated a 10-ton Model 60 Mini-Jector molding a PS cardholder in a one-cavity, 36-year-old mold that ran at NPE 1968 on a Newbury press, according to Glenn Frohring, Mini-Jector president.
The machine has a direct hydraulic clamp and an injection unit with a direct hydraulic screw drive.