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Engel to invest US9 mln to expand Shanghai factory

May 05/2016
MOSCOW (MRC) -- To keep pace with continued growth in the higher end of the market in China, Engel Holding GmbH, the largest producer of injection moulding machinery worldwide and a leader in the field of injection moulding technology, is investing 60 mln yuan (USD9.2 mln) to expand capacity at its Shanghai factory, as per Plastemart.

This latest investment will enlarge machining capacity and provide more office space and room for its training programs.

"We have expansion plans in China because we are reaching again our limits, we will add another building to add more space for manufacturing," said Gero Willmeroth, sales and service president at Engel Machinery Shanghai. "In this one we will put another heavy duty machining center for platen manufacturing."

Construction has started and the new machining center is scheduled to be finished by April 2017, he said.

Asia accounts for almost 25% of Engels 1.23 bln euros (USD1.38 bln) in total sales, or about 300 mln euros (US$336.5 mln). By comparison, the company said its Asia business in 2012 generated only 100 mln euros in sales. China is Engels largest market in Asia.

The company has injection machine manufacturing plants in South Korea, which also doubled capacity in 2012, and at its new Wintec subsidiary in Changzhou, China, where it has started manufacturing less expensive, more standardized molding machines aimed at the middle of Chinas market. Engels expansion comes amid some signs of softening in Chinas market for plastics equipment.

As MRC informed before, in 2012, Engel introduced e-mac injection moulding machine series, an all-electric and highly-precise machine that requires very little floor space and is extremely economical despite being fully modular. An Engel e-mac 50/50 with 50 tonne clamping force produced two-pin PBT plug housings in a 4-cavity mould in the East Foyer. Because the plug contacts are not pressed in until after injection moulding, the dimensional stability of the components is the deciding factor in economic production. The ENGEL e-mac 50/50 was equipped with a size 18 screw.

The shot weight for producing the plugs was a mere 3.6 grammes. Engel's e-mac 310/100 with an integrated Engel viper 6 linear robot is aimed to produce polypropylene (PP) and liquid silicone wine bottle stoppers. Thanks to UV vulcanisation, these two materials can now be processed in a single step. In cooperation with mould making partner Elmet, ENGEL"s low-temperature UV vulcanisation process paves the way for new multi-component technology applications.

Engel is, as a single brand, the largest producer of injection moulding machinery worldwide and a leader in the field of injection moulding technology. Engel's integrated systems solutions include injection moulding machinery, automation, process technology, tool design, training and service. Engel supplies 50% of all large-scale machines and 35% of the small to medium-sized machines with automation included, and the figures are still rising.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, injection moulding, other bottles, Engel, China.
Category:General News
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