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Demag China opens new facility; capacity upped to 1,500 machines

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Sumitomo (SHI) Demag recently opened its new Demag Plastics Machinery facility in Ningbo, China. Demag Plastics Machinery (Ningbo), a 100% subsidiary of Sumitomo (SHI) Demag of Schwaig, Germany, has been manufacturing injection moulding machines for the Asian market in Ningbo since 1998. The company says that over 17 years, the facility has delivered almost 10,000 machines to more than 1,000 customers across Asia.

Stephan Greif, CEO of Demag Ningbo, has been with the Chinese production site since 1998. "Our customers, international corporations as well as local companies, highly appreciate our machines' impressive output rates and cost-efficiency. Supported by a highly-experienced team, our strong sales and service network provides a very high level of application-specific support." He also adds that the company was one of the first to start out in Ningbo in 1998.

"With more than 40,000 installed machines, China is and remains to be the largest international market for injection moulding machines. Our investment in a new facility is the cornerstone for further growth. Our objective is the strategic enhancement of our product portfolio and a high level of application-specific support for our customers."

With almost 27,000 sq m, the site will accommodate production and logistics facilities as well as providing about 13,000 sq m of available area and 1,400 sq m of administration floor space. At present, Ningbo is producing Systec C hydraulic injection moulding machines with clamping forces from 50-1,000 tonnes. Automation solutions and turnkey systems are being engineered hand in hand with system partners such as Sepro, MAI or Kebo.

For future growth, Greif says the company will continue to rely on his experienced team members. "About 50 % of our staff members have been with us for more than ten years. Over time, our team has developed a strong bond. When we joined forces with the Ningbo team 17 years ago, we introduced German corporate culture and entrepreneurial spirit to the company and today, we are still benefitting from the valuable combination of these assets with traditional Chinese values such as diligence, loyalty and open-mindedness. This is the bedrock of our success".

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag and its Japanese parent company comprise of four facilities in Japan, Germany and China with more than 3,000 employees. The product portfolio includes all-electric, hydraulic and hybrid injection moulding machines with clamping forces of between 18-2,000 tonnes. With more than 115,000 installed machines, Sumitomo Demag is present in important global markets.

At Sumitomo's headquarters in Chiba, Japan, the company manufactures machines with clamping forces in the small to medium range. Nearly 95 % of all delivered machines are equipped with an all-electric drive concept. More than 5,000 machines sold per year make Sumitomo Heavy Industries and its plastics machinery division one of the largest manufacturers of injection moulding machines in the world.

Demag's German facilities in Schwaig and Wiehe produce the Systec Servo range with hybrid drive as well as the El-Exis SP and Systec SP range of high-speed, high-performance machines. The all-electric IntElect range for international customers is also being produced in Germany.

(IMA)


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