Mold-Masters doubles footprint in China


Milacron Holdings Corp’s subsidiary Mold-Masters has completed the 8,200 sq m-expansion at its facility in Kunshan City, Jiangsu, China. It added on space to its hot runner and control systems manufacturing facility as well as a 2,500 sq m expansion in administration and support staff offices.

The hot runners supplier says it continues to see particularly strong growth in the large Chinese and other Asian regions plastics market.

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.”

The expansions were completed recently and the initial installation of new machinery is underway. The expanded footprint allows for the addition of 30 new machining centres, to be followed by another 22 in the fall of 2017 allowing for major increases in nozzle, manifold and component manufacturing.

The increased capacity and capabilities will also allow for manufacturing operations, typically done by suppliers, to be brought in-house, allowing for tighter quality and delivery control and the reinforcement of Mold-Masters commitment to continuously improving quality, says the firm.

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. Quotes are returned in hours, engineering drawings in a day, and final drawing in less than three days. We continue to offer our customers the fastest delivery times in the hot runner industry.”

Cincinnati-headquartered Milacron’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 US firm’s product brands including Milacron injection and extrusion machines, Uniloy blow moulding, DME mould components and CIMCOOL fluids, with 11 locations in China as well as offices in Japan, South Korea, Singapore and India.


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