A year ago, the transition to an independent Uniloy Inc., with full technical centers in the U.S., Europe and Asia, was fully underway.
The Tecumseh, Mich.-based blow molding equipment manufacturer announced at K 2019 that it resumed building machines in a 100,000-square-foot facility in Magenta, Italy. Now the process is almost complete.
Uniloy moved its machine building to Tecumseh from Batavia, Ohio, just ahead of the pandemic. Since then, it has hired about 70 employees, planned for three machine demonstrations at NPE2021 and started the search for a new location for its technical center in Ahmedabad, India.
Uniloy's facility in India is busy well into 2021 with a backlog of orders for machines to blow mold containers for edible oils, grains, fertilizers, sanitizers and cleaners.
"This is our company now, and we're very proud of what we're trying to build," Uniloy President and CEO Brian Marston said. "For the last year we've talked about creating an independent Uniloy. Now it is the new Uniloy."
Founded in 1963, Uniloy changed ownership in 2019 after 21 years as a unit of Milacron Holdings Corp. The company has been using Milacron as a contract manufacturer in India, but that is winding down, according to Marston.
"It's a temporary situation. We will be getting our own facility this year [in India]," Marston said in a phone interview, adding that the goal is to relocate by the end of 2021. "This will be the final step in our creation of an independent Uniloy."
Milacron had continued to handle some operations and office functions under technical service agreements, but Marston said those are essentially completed.