Absolute Haitian Corp., the U.S. affiliate of Chinese injection molding machine maker Ningbo Haitian Machinery Co. Ltd., is opening a technical center in Parma, Ohio, to handle increased business and strengthen links with auto parts manufacturing companies in the region.
The 20,000-square-foot facility will house aftermarket support functions, including customer training, field service and aftermarket parts. The property will include a warehouse for machine demonstrations and mold trials, Worcester, Mass.-based Absolute Haitian said at NPE2012, held April 1-5 in Orlando. The Ohio facility, located four miles from the Cleveland airport, will complement a technical center the company has in Chicago, but will have more of a focus on aftermarket support.
“We are currently implementing many upgrades to the facility, such as hardwood floors, remodeling of the warehouse and office space, and an outdoor parklike area for company and customer gatherings,” said Absolute Haitian President Glenn Frohring.
At NPE, Ningbo, China-based Haitian showed several machines, including one of its new Mercury series, manufactured at its factory in Ebermannsdorf, Germany, molding medical pipettes in a 64-cavity mold.
It also showed a 150-metric-ton model in its all-electric Venus series targeted at the packaging industry, making a 16-cavity cap mold, with a cycle time of less than five seconds. Haitian also presented one of its Mars series molding snack trays, using a multi-axis robot.
Absolute Haitian officials said the company sells up to 200 injection molding machines a year in the United States.
Absolute Haitian's U.S. market share has grown about one percentage point a year, from zero when it opened in 2006 to about 6 percent now. Mike Ortolano, chief engineer with Absolute Haitian, anticipates continuing on the same trend.
Haitian said its North American sales roughly doubled last year, reaching $19.9 million in 2011, compared with $10.3 million in 2010.
North America remains a small market globally for the firm, accounting for about 6.3 percent of export sales last year. Including its mainstay domestic China market, Haitian had 2011 sales of about $1.11 billion.