Fakuma 2015 Revving up automotive moulders in the US
USA – Milacron is seeing the benefits of a healthy American automotive market. According to the company, its injection moulding machines are quickly becoming the machines of choice when producing multi-colour automotive lenses or large automotive parts.
The Milacron automotive team recently completed the sale of a multi machine order, including Maxima Series 3 and 4 component machines for complex automotive components. These customised machines are said to represent a strong collaboration with the customer, resulting in a highly engineered system solution utilising Milacron’s deep understanding of the market and global engineering resources, the company explains.
Automotive moulding a strong end market
According to Milacron, the automotive moulding market has long been a strong end market for the company and the sale of these multi-component machines represents another inroad for Milacron’s Maxima Series and continued innovation for the industry.
“The excitement and response we’ve seen from our key customers in the automotive market in connection with our lineup of the Maxima Series machines has been impressive,” says Ron Krisanda, COO of Advanced Plastic Processing Technologies. “Key customers are buying fleets of machines for their production lines and looking to Milacron to develop and integrate these systems.”
With a significant number of Maxima Series sales in the first half of 2015 and Milacron service teams so readily available across the country, customers are also utilising Milacron’s service technicians to handle on-site installations of electricity, water and air. The Maxima Series clamps are manufactured in Milacron’s Afton, Ohio plant, along with the complete system assembly, Milacron says. The parallel injection units on the Maxima multi-component systems are designed, engineered and manufactured in the Malterdingen, Germany plant. To further complement the machines, Mold-Masters iM2 integrated hot runner temperature controllers are often installed. “By utilising the strengths of our manufacturing facilities globally, we can offer customers high-performance design with best-in-class lead times,” Milacron Injection VP and GM, Shawn Reilley explains. “With Milacron’s Ohio manufacturing facilities, conveniently located in the heart of the US auto industry, Milacron is able to provide lead times and delivery schedules that are unmatched by the competition. At times, Milacron is topping competitors’ delivery dates by up to eight weeks. This global advantage has resonated with our customers.”