China: Plastics Industry Milacron Expands Hot Runner Facility in China
Milacron announced the completion of an 8,200 m2 expansion in Kunshan City, Jiangsu, China to their hot runner and control systems manufacturing facility and a 2,500 m2 expansion in administration and support staff offices.
Cincinnati/USA — The expansions were completed June 25th and the initial installation of new machinery is underway. The expanded footprint allows for the addition of 30 new machining centers, to be followed by another 22 in the fall of 2017. According to the company, this would allow for major increases in nozzle, manifold and component manufacturing.
Milacron CEO Tom Goeke stated, “Our hot runner operations in China have seen year over year growth every year since its inception in 2005.” Goeke added, “This significant increase in our hot runner manufacturing footprint will allow us to better serve our customers in Asia and the world by adding both manufacturing capacity and engineering know-how to our operations.”
An Heid, Mold-Masters President of Asia and Americas stated: “In China, speed is vital. Our ability to provide unparalleled quality while providing the industry’s fastest order turnaround in China is a major differentiator to our competitors.”
The manufacturer’s Mold-Masters China operations employ over 800 team members with that number expected to reach 900 by the end of 2017. Across all of Asia, the company’s product brands including Milacron injection and extrusion machines, Uniloy blow molding, DME mold components and Cimcool fluids have 11 locations in China as well as offices in Japan, Korea, Singapore and India.