Yizumi pumps up business in Asia; targets launch of A5 at Chinaplas

Guangdong-based injection moulding machine maker Yizumi Precision Machinery has plenty to celebrate this year as it is expected to be listed on ChiNext, will launch three manufacturing bases and introduce three new products. These will be the milestones in its development process, says Yizumi.

It is also pumping up its business in South Korea, having entered the market only three years ago, said Sales Manager Karen Yu, speaking to IMA at the Koplas show in Seoul, South Korea, recently. “We sold around 40-50 machines last year, so there is still room for growth.“ The company intends to target its two-platen and all-electric machinery for the automotive market.

And while China still constitutes a major share of its sales, the company is spreading its wings to other countries like emerging markets in Southeast Asia and South America, said Yu.

Meanwhile, to support its strong sales growth of 30-40% last year, Yizumi, which already has a facility in Shunde National Hi-Tech Industrial Zone, expects to build two more factories. One is in Wusha, Shunde, with a land area of 81,117 sq m, and the other is in Suzhou (near Shanghai) with the first phase comprising a land area of 33,213 sq m. It intends to also further develop the HPM heavy-duty die casting machines, HPM presses and auxiliary automated equipment. Yizumi purchased the intellectual property of US-based HPM Corporation in 2011, when it went bankrupt.

Set up in 2002, Yizumi now has several service centres and more than 30 offices overseas, with business reaching nearly 50 countries. It also plans to set up another overseas factory either in India, Brazil or Poland so as to provide better products and service for customers worldwide.

A5 series to make a grand entrance at Chinaplas

At the upcoming Chinaplas show in May this year, Yizumi is showcasing an improved version of its A5 servohydraulic series, with a larger and stronger clamping unit to allow for bigger tooling. The introduction of IPD, integrated product development, accelerates the launch of A5 series while ensuring that the new product line can meet the needs of targeted customers, says the company.

Yizumi says it undertook research and found that small-tonnage all-electric machines and large-tonnage two-platen machines are the future directions of the industry, but relevant transformation and upgrading will take time because the technology and price-performance ratio of all-electric machines and two-platen machines still have a long way to go. It also says that general-purpose servo injection moulding machines will be in great demand in the long run and that is why these types of machines are in an urgent need of upgrade.

With the application of more new materials, new technologies and new equipment, many of the existing general-purpose injection moulding machines are unable to meet the needs of customers. For example, more automated equipment will be used with the increase in labour costs, and therefore machines are required to have more new and open software and hardware interfaces. The clamping unit is required to be larger to fit moulds of different specifications; the plasticising components are required to allow for processing of different kinds of resin; the technological parameters of the controller should be easier to adjust; the power system should be stronger and energy-saving and the machine should have a stable and reliable performance to handle full production. Therefore, there is a growing need of universal type of injection moulding machines that are energy-saving, highly-efficient, stable in production and able to deal with different moulding tasks.

Taking all the above into account, Yizumi has developed the A5 series, based on IPD, which is a product development management approach that was first used by IBM Corporation in 1992. This method not only helped IBM shorten the timeline for a new product release, but also reduced half of the costs of R&D while maintaining the development goal.

Huawei Company introduced the IPD mode in 1998 and led to a comprehensive reform of Huawei’s R&D process. According to Yizumi, the IPD mode has been widely used in Emerson, Inovance and many high-tech companies in China and abroad.

Yizumi claims it is the first injection moulding machine manufacturer that has introduced the IPD mode in its A5 series. In undertaking research for the A5, the project team visited a large number of customers and conducted research based on customer needs, and the results were used as a reference for the parameters, functions and configuration of the A5 series.


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