Huilong Plastics Machinery Co. Ltd. is eyeing the global market, while leading the industry in China.
Deputy General Manager Chen Hui said the company developed China's first coextrusion machine in 2003, in a partnership with South China Polytechnic University.
``Chinese local suppliers are gaining popularity with low-cost and energy-saving machines. It is no longer easy for Western companies to sell lines here, unlike in the '90s when China solely relied on imported coextrusion machines.''
Chen said the company delivered at the end of July a coupled coextruding line to E Pack Co. Ltd. of Tokyo. ``Energy-saving is a big issue in Japan. Our machines can reduce the energy consumption by 30 percent,'' Chen said at the Asian Pacific International Plastics & Rubber Industry Exhibition (Applas) show, held Aug. 15-18 in Beijing.
Huilong also exports to Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
In the domestic market, the company sells three dozen coextrusion lines annually, accounting for 80 percent of total sales. Customers include Alcan Inc.'s Beijing joint venture Propack, and Huangshan Novel Co. Ltd. of Huangshan, China.
Huilong claims to have installed more than half of the world's coextruding machines sold since 2003.