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India’s injection moulding market offers growth potential

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The injection moulding machine market is growing rapidly due to the growth in automotive and packaging industries, especially in Asia-Pacific region. One country expected to fuel the demand is India.

The global market for injection moulding machinery is projected to reach US$5 billion by 2021, registering a CAGR of 2.2% (2016-2021). Meanwhile, due to the strong economic and automotive growth, India’s market volume for injection moulding machinery rose by 9% last year, said a report by Interconnection Consulting.

It is also expected that the country will require an additional 11,000 machines by 2021 to meet the continued growth. India’s injection moulding machine market has a share of around 49% in the overall machinery pie in the country.

Husky takes on India’s PET beverage market

Canadian supplier of injection moulding equipment and services Husky Injection Molding Systems has witnessed encouraging growth in the Indian beverage market over the last seven to eight years, said Dinesh Budapanahalli, Vice-President, South Asia, Hot Runners & Controllers.

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Speaking at the Plastindia 2018 show recently in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, Dinesh pointed out that the company had a large market share in India’s PET beverage packaging market since it set up its facility in 2012.

He said, “Husky first established a presence in Delhi and Mumbai to serve local customers, which led to an expanded customer base and increased business in the region. With the tooling market growing in India and per capita use of plastic products on the rise, Husky further expanded in 2012 with the opening of a 5,000 sq m manufacturing facility in Chennai.”

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More recently, to deliver faster time-tomarket to customers, Husky established local hot runner manufacturing, as well as a dedicated application and service team in Chennai. “We have added on more equipment and personnel,” said Dinesh, adding that this has allowed the company to better serve customers locally, also supplying equipment to SAARC and Southeast Asia.

“From a hot runners perspective, we see South Asia as an emerging market, which is now moving into barrier technology,” he added.

To meet the demand for barrier technology, Husky was promoting its breakthrough multi-layer technology, which was launched at the K show in 2016 and allows for differentiation of packaging in the PET market.

Since its introduction in 2016, Dave Morton, Husky’s Vice President, Barrier Solutions, says the company has sold 30 multi-layer systems around the world. “We are pleased with the adoption across a wide base from CSD, juices, sparkling water, cold tea, beer and UHT milk to food and personal care.”

According to Morton, Husky has been at the forefront of PET packaging for more than 30 years and using this as a platform, the technology was developed further with a multi-layer barrier hot runner, which uses a co-injection solution with an advanced melt delivery system and enhanced controls to precisely distribute the barrier material.

The technology is built on the company’s HyPET HPP5 platform, combining the benefits of what is said to be a high performing and easy-tomaintain system with the capability to precisely dose the barrier layer. In addition, the technology supports recyclability by reducing the amount of barrier material required, as well as demonstrating the potential to integrate new recyclable barrier materials into PET packaging.

“The technology is built on the need to cater to different trends for small and different-shaped packaging sizes that are more economical, as well as to provide more protection for CO2 and oxygen,” explained Morton.

With the short lifecycle for small packaging, Morton also said the focus is on higher accuracy and output. “The previous co-injection systems in the market were complex and not so reliable so cost was too high. Now, Husky offers the best combination of longer shelf life and lower cost,” said Morton.

Meanwhile, Husky has extended its multi-layer technology for packaging from the PET version to thinwall packaging, which is built on a HyperSync system platform instead of a HyPET. It, thus, allows customers to consider more attractive packaging options over alternative materials, such as metal cans, cartons, glass and HDPE. It is also able to deliver up to 50% savings on barrier material costs for some applications and combines the benefits of HyperSync system technology with an advanced melt delivery system and controls to deliver all-new capability with a favourable cost profile, says the firm.

It also has no requirements for special tooling or equipment, making this a drop-in solution that still benefits from all future technology advancements.

Steering to the Southeast Asian market

Niraj-Palsapure

Steer India, the maker of co-rotating screw technology, which has been present in Southeast Asia for many years with a primary focus on Thailand and Vietnam is looking forward to a good organic growth to the tune of 20-25% in these two countries, said Niraj Palsapure, Deputy General Manager – Sales. “We are expanding our focus to other countries in the region this year. Indonesia and Malaysia are still untapped markets for us. The economic growth and industrial investments in Indonesia and Malaysia are promising for us in the coming years. Indonesia is also expected to spend on infrastructure development.” Thus, he said Steer intends to leverage these opportunities in these two countries to expand its footprint through an aggressive target of doubling its current business.

The company says it has been providing solutions to the most critical challenges in the compounding industry. It prides itself on catering to better dispersion, particle size retention, processing of long fibres, biodegradable plastics and low-temperature processing of compounds. It says it is able to provide these features through its patented technology like the Output Enhancement Technology (OET), Fractional Geometry Technology (FGT) and Fractional Lobe Processor (FLP).

When asked which particular processes Steer expects to have more success in Asia this year, Niraj replied, “Steer has vast experience in twinscrew extruder machines for black, white and colour masterbatches. These industry segments also contribute to a major portion of our business. So, our primary focus will be on these segments. In addition to this, the Asian region is expected to see a stable-to-growing automotive segment. Thus, prompting growth in the engineering plastics industry. We would leverage this opportunity to introduce our innovative patented technology, which has proven to be a breakthrough in adding value to a wide range of compounding applications. Our major focus will be on Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.”

Furthermore, with governments in Vietnam and Indonesia’s focus on infrastructure development and scope for new investments, Niraj said these countries are also expected to show good demand in powder coat industry. “Steer also supplies machines and parts for the powder coat industry. We are proud to be already associated with global industry leaders in this market and expect to enlarge our footprint.”

He also said that through the Application Development Centre (ADC), Steer assists its customers to experience the benefits of these solutions before converting it into a business. “We have already receiving a positive feedback from customers in the Southeast Asian region,” he added.

Founded in 1993 by Dr. Babu Padmanabhan, Steer today has five global offices and ten satellite offices, serving over 39 countries and employs over 500 staff across the globe. It also has 60 patents for innovations.

Haitian to open a new facility in India

Haitian’s new facility in Gujarat

To overcome the anti-dumping duty imposed by the government on Chinese injection moulding machinery, Chinese injection moulding machine maker Haitian International Holdings, operating in India as Haitian Huayuan Machinery (India) since 2014, will officially open its latest facility in the Asian region in Gujarat in May. Having operated from a rented facility previously, Haitian has invested US$27 million in building the new facility that started up in March this year, said spokesperson Sunildutt Chaudhari.

Chaudhari said that the new facility is in response to the Indian government’s imposition of duty on imported Chinese machinery in 2009, which the government further reviewed in 2015, with a levy of 44.7% on the import of machinery from China and Taiwan.

The company will increase its production from 40-150 machines at its new facility Currently, Haitian offers machinery in the range of 86-1,000 tonnes and expects to expand the range in the Indian market by introducing two-platen machines ranging from 450-900 tonnes.

The new plant is expected to cater to the Indian market with exports coming in later to Africa and the Middle East.

Meanwhile, to ensure that it has sufficient warehousing space for future stock Haitian is also buying a facility in New Delhi, and plans to open a second warehouse in Pune.

(IMA)


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