French injection machinery maker Billion says its Select all-electric injection molding machines have been so well-received by customers, it is planning a further extension of the range above its current 400-metric-ton limit.
All-electric machines from the Select range now account for around 65 percent of the firm's sales in unit terms, Billion President and CEO Korbinian Kiesl said at K 2010 in Dusseldorf. In 2008 they accounted for just 15 percent.
We have worked on our all-electric machines for five years, he said. When we started to develop all-electrics we expected them to be small machines, but already we have 400-metric-ton machines and we will go bigger.
Kiesl said the firm was working toward the introduction of new, larger Select models at the Fakuma fair in Germany in 2011.
Billion demonstrated four all-electric models on its stand at the K show, including high-level in-mold labeling and multicomponent applications that are now the focus of its activities.
Like its competitors, the Oyonnax, France-based company has benefited from the recovery in the plastics machinery market. Kiesl said Billion is expecting to end 2010 with sales of around 30 million euros ($42 million), which is not far short of its 2008 performance. He expects a slightly stronger performance for 2011.
Last year the company sold around 170 machines. While the firm was affected by the global downturn, Kiesl said Billion's focus on high-end applications helped it keep its 2009 sales drop to 32 percent against an average decline in the sector of nearly 50 percent.