While Ino Industrial Belting Co. Ltd. began in Shanghai more than 30 years ago, the company has been in the U.S. for less than one year, opening its doors Jan. 1 to customers in the Americas with a fabrication shop.
With four employees and about 10,000 square feet, Ino's Buffalo, N.Y., facility imports rubber slabs from Shanghai, as the entirety of the company's belt manufacturing is conducted in China.
Ino has plans to bring manufacturing to Buffalo, where it promises to "walk customers throughout the whole process ... without the corporate B.S."
"Right now, we bring over all of the slabs from China and then we have a full fabrication facility in Buffalo, so we can supply any finished belt that is needed to the customer, or we can sell full slab or partial slabs to customers who have their own belting shops," said Robert Hochberg, revenue and administration manager for Ino USA.
To be specific, Ino has multiple presses in Buffalo, and can fabricate v-guides, sidewall and lacing.
In addition to rubber, the company uses PVC and polyurethane in its belting.
Bring the home headquarters into the process, and it means an all-of-the-above approach to belting — from running two extrusion lines for its monofilaments, to processing with 24 weaving looms, to its 15 production lines with embossing and coating, to the benefits of its full stateside fabrication shop.
As such, Ino is able to maintain quality control from beginning to end.
The company invested somewhere between $1.5 million and $2 million in the leased Buffalo building, said Marco Martinez Guerrero, vice president and general manager of Ino USA.