Japanese injection press maker Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plastic Technology Co. Ltd. will sell multicomponent Engel presses to customers in Japan, both companies announced Jan. 21.
The machinery maker, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., signed a cooperation agreement with Engel Austria GmbH, based in Schwertberg, Austria. Under the agreement, Mitsubishi will sell medium-sized Engel Duo Combi multicomponent injection molding presses. Medium-sized is defined as presses with clamping forces of less than 1,000 tons. For Japanese customers, Mitsubishi will handle sales, installation, service and spare parts.
Both companies said they will benefit from the agreement: Mitsubishi will round out its multishot product offerings, and Engel will gain access to the tough-to-crack Japanese market.
Mitsubishi makes its own two-shot, rotary-platen presses, but only in clamping forces of 1,450 tons and 3,000 tons. In a news release, officials said the Japanese press maker has delivered significant numbers of those presses to automotive and home-electronics markets. However, demand has been increasing the multiresin component molding machines with clamping capacities below 1,000 tons, the company said.
The presses will be marketed under the brand name Mitsubishi-Engel.
Toshiya Sato, president of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plastic Technology, said the Duo Combi machines will cover an important market segment in Japan and strengthen Mitsubishi's ability to provide a broader range of presses.
Engel said the agreement covers new-application areas such as polycarbonate windows for the automotive industry.
The two companies have just begun specific discussions on broadening their relationship, but the alliance is likely to focus on joint marketing and product development, said a spokesman from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plastics Technology division.
Historically, Japan with plenty of strong domestic press makers has been a difficult market for European companies.
But working with Mitsubishi should change that, Liebig said. It's very important to have this Japanese approach to the market, he said.
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