Milacron LLC and Fanuc Ltd. are continuing their 26-year relationship covering Roboshot all-electric injection molding machines, officials of both firms said in a Jan. 5 news release.
Milacron has exclusive rights to sell Roboshot presses throughout North America, Central America and South America.
Milacron began selling Roboshot presses in 1984 and has played a key role in pushing all-electric molding technology into the U.S. market. Today all-electrics account for about half of all injection presses sold in the U.S.
Milacron sells two models of all-electric presses: the Roboshot, made in Japan by Fanuc, and the Milacron-built Powerline.
The companies cemented their long partnership after Milacron's reorganization under new ownership a group of investors led by Avenue Capital Group and DDJ Capital Management LLC. Batavia-based Milacron emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in August.
Milacron and Oshino, Japan-based Fanuc are not saying how many Roboshots Milacron has sold in the past 26 years. But Lawrence said Roboshot machines make up the largest fleet of all-electric presses in the Americas.
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