A Swiss gear pump supplier and a Chinese flat sheet die-head maker have a new agreement to work together in China.
Maag Pump Systems Textron AG of Oberglatt, Switzerland, will supply most or all of the gear pumps for Jingcheng Times (Beijing) Plastics Machinery Co. Ltd., which does business as JC Times. The deal begins this month and runs for five years.
For JC Times, the deal means it can focus its attention on developing increasingly more sophisticated flat sheet dies - called T-dies - and screen changers.
``We believe the cooperative agreement with Maag is a win-win situation,'' said Sharon Han, general manager for JC Times.
``The [technological] requirements for gear pumps in the Chinese market is becoming increasingly critical. We lead the market. We feel it is essential that we can supply a high-quality pump to our customers at a reasonable price. Maag is one of the best suppliers in the world,'' Han said.
Maag has developed a gear pump especially for JC Times, and expects the deal will give it a big boost in business. Last year, JC Times sold 415 gear pumps in China, while Maag sold about 1,200 worldwide.
``Jingcheng is the market leader for T-dies in China. We are the market leader for gear pumps worldwide,'' said Ueli Thurig, Maag's vice president and general manager for polymer systems.
The Maag-JC Times gear pump will be made in Switzerland, and was designed to meet the requirements of customers in China, who most frequently are extruding polyolefin sheet. The pump features different shaft materials and is designed to boost output quality while creating less scrap at startup. It also is affordable for customers in China.
``This is a pump that has been designed for the T-die business. We have made a cost-effective design that meets 100 percent of the requirements for the T-die market,'' said Thomas Roll, Maag's product manager for extrusion and rubber.
Maag has had a sales and service subsidiary in Shanghai for three years. That office will offer service and spare parts for the Maag-JC Times pump customers.
``JC Times is known for good quality and reliable products in China. This deal will leverage both of our positions in the market,'' Roll said.