ONA Spanish EDM builder reports vibrant demand from Portuguese shops

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The company recently supplied a Portuguese shop with a NX8 Modular die-sinking EDM unit.
The company recently supplied a Portuguese shop with a NX8 Modular die-sinking EDM unit.
(Source: ONA)

As the result of strong growth in Portugal, major mould shops there have been increasing their investments in EDM equipment, according to supplier ONA. Tool and mould shops in Portugal reported a banner year in 2012, with exports jumping a whopping 35% to €512 million.

The Spanish machine builder noted that it has supplied a range of tooling houses in the first half of 2013 and underlined the importance of sales of large die-sinking EDM units. The company said it has sold six of its NX6 model, which features a part loading capacity of up to four tonnes. The buyers were Manuel Choupeiro, Moldes Carreira, Socem MS, Virmolde, Normolde and GS Fastmold, which has equipped the machine with a 160 position Erowa Compact robot, ONA said.

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The company’s NX7 Modular and PX S1 models, with capacities for moulds of up to 10 tonnes, were sold to Tecnimoplas, Moldata and Irmamolde. Tetramold has bought an NX8 Modular, and DRT rapid-prototipos e moldes has installed a TX10 Modular equipped with two separate heads, a CNC and a capacity for moulds up to 20 tonnes at its new facilities that opened on 27 June in Leiria, ONA said.

Portugal’s mould shops export 90% of their production, mainly to Germany, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico.

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