Taoyuan, Taiwan — While most injection press machinery makers chase the massive horizontal market, Multiplas Enginery Co. Ltd. has taken on the niche vertical press market.
"In the total market, probably 90 percent of the machines sold are horizontal," David Wu, general manager of Multiplas, said at the company's headquarters in Taoyuan, Taiwan, in May. "For that 90 percent, it's very competitive. That's why we focus on vertical type [machines]. We want to focus and grow our ability in that market."
The company manufactures both vertical and horizontal injection presses, but 80 percent of its output are vertical machines. Vertical machines are mostly used for insert molding.
Multiplas produces several varieties of vertical machines with clamping force up to 3,200 tons.
The company supplies machines into a variety of markets including automotive, medical, electronics and the golf ball industry.
"We are dominate in the golf ball making market," Wu said. "About 80 percent of all golf balls are made on our machines."
It also supplies machines to Foxconn for work on iPhone products. Since the iPhone 4, Multiplas has been supplying machines to the manufacturer. Foxconn has 1,500 Multiplas presses, Eric Liang, area sales manager, said.
In one of its biggest orders ever, Foxconn ordered 500 machines at once for production of iPhone earbuds, he said.