At Taipei Plas, held March 5-9, Taiwanese firms were touting a number of what they said were innovations. Here's a roundup of some:
* Fong Kee International Machinery Co. Ltd. said it is working with a research institute in Guangzhou, China, to develop a cast film extruder that uses a mix of calcium carbonate and polyethylene or polypropylene to make paper. With small mainland paper mills being threatened with closure by the government, the paper makers are looking for new technology. Fong Kee plans to unveil the equipment in April.
* Multiplas Enginery Co. Ltd. offered a vertical injection press for making LED light components, targeting a market dominated by high-end Japanese machine maker Sodick Plustech Co. Ltd. Multiplas claims its LED machine is one-third the cost of Japanese models. The firm unveiled a two-platen machine aimed at medical and optical clean-room markets.
* Also targeting a market dominated by higher-end Japanese and German machines, Edex Technology Co. Ltd. unveiled a micromolding machine. Edex claims it is the first such machine built outside those two countries and it hopes to take market share by pricing it below their equipment.
* Injection press maker Fu Chun Shin Machinery Manufacture Co. Ltd. unveiled a medical molding system using multiple servomotors, and exhibited the equipment making dental anesthesia needle covers in a 48-cavity, seven-second cycle time. Fu Chun said it is trying to develop complete molding systems, rather than single machines. The firm demonstrated systems for integrated in-mold labeling and for thick-wall molding of polymethyl methacrylate, using Japanese technology to save energy.
* All-electric models are making up a larger portion of companies' sales mix. PET stretch blow molding maker Chumpower Machinery Corp. said half of its sales are now in electric models; the firm converted its line of Phoenix machines entirely to electrics.
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