India's rotational molding machine maker M Plast India Ltd. is expanding its production base in Noida.
Director Rajendra P. Shukla said the company is building a second factory and research and development center. The factory is near M Plast's existing 51,000-square-foot facility. Production will start by the end of 2008, he said in an interview at K 2007, held Oct. 24-31 in Dusseldorf.
By that time, the family business will have the capacity to make five machines per month, more than doubling its current output. M Plast's workforce also will increase from 100 to more than 200, Shukla said.
``Business has been good, and our current limited capacity can't meet customers' needs,'' he said.
M Plast focuses on exports, mainly to Africa, Russia and Europe. ``The domestic market in India goes with cheaper machines,'' he said.
A member of the Association of Rotational Molders International, M Plast said it has sold more than 220 machines to customers in more than 40 countries in the past 18 years. In March, the firm will deliver its largest-ever machine, which can make water tanks up to 10,000 gallons.
M Plast signed a partnership agreement with Norstar International LLC of Princeton, N.J., in November 2006. The licensing agreement allows M Plast to use production techniques developed by Norstar's parent company, Norstar Aluminum Molds Inc. Shukla said production of cast aluminum molds already started and will be ``in full fetch'' in a year.
The company touted a rocking oven rock 'n' roll machine, which has been developed in a technical cooperation with Motion Technology Ltd. of Aalesund, Norway. The latter has a fully owned subsidiary in Pune, India: Motion Technology International Pvt. Ltd. The rock 'n' roll machine makes boats, water tanks and large-diameter pipes.