TOKYO, November 7, 2018 _ Ube Industries, Ltd. today announced that its consolidated subsidiary and centerpiece in the UBE Group’s machinery business, Ube Machinery Corporation, Ltd., has completed the expansion of the assembly facility for injection molding machines (see below) operated by its American subsidiary, UBE Machinery Inc. An opening ceremony was held on October 25, 2018 to mark the expansion.
UBE Machinery Inc. has been working to increase its sales in the North American market, by leveraging a product lineup that meets the needs of global markets since the launch of U-MHI Platech Co., Ltd. in January 2017. U-MHI Platech was created out of the merger of Ube Machinery Corporation’s injection molding machinery business with that of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plastic Technology Co., Ltd.
The expansion of the assembly facility doubles UBE Machinery’s supply capacity for large injection molding machines. The completion of the expansion project, which commenced in April 2018, meets strong needs for large hydraulic two-platen molding machines with a small footprint, which are in high demand among U.S.-based companies.
In conjunction with the plant expansion, the facility has realized production systems with enhanced efficiency contributing to higher quality. The improvements include the addition of large cranes for assembling ultra-large injection molding machines with a clamping force of 3,000 tonnes or more, a dolly system for moving heavy items, and a new state-of-the-art powder coating facility. In addition to the assembly of injection molding machines, UBE Machinery Inc. will endeavor to further expand its rebuilding services for customers seeking to rebuild machines with older control units and hydraulic components to bring them up to modern specifications.
UBE Machinery Inc. will continue working to expand its production systems while building a framework that secures customer satisfaction in the North American market through its manufacturing, sales, and servicing operations.
Injection molding machines manufacture plastic parts by injecting molten plastics into a mold. Ube Machinery Corporation, U-MHI Platech, and UBE Machinery Inc. manufacture and market injection molding machines used to make plastic automotive parts such as bumpers and instrument panels. The UBE Group has a particularly large share of the market for large injection molding machines with a clamping force of 1,000 tonnes or more, in the Japanese and North American markets.
|Name||Ube Machinery Corporation, Ltd.|
|Head Office Location||1980, Okinoyama, Kogushi, Ube City, Yamaguchi Prefecture|
|Representative||Hironori Miyauchi, President|
|Business Description||Manufacturing, sales, servicing, and maintenance of die casting machines,
injection molding machines, extrusion presses,vertical mills, kilns,
bulk handling machines, water screening equipment, bridges, floodgates,
steel structures and other industrial machinery
|Capital Stock||\6,700 million|
|Number of Employees||1,024|
|Shareholder||Ube Industries, Ltd. (100%)|
|Name||UBE Machinery Inc.|
|Head Office Location||Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.|
|Representative||Ichiro Motoki, President|
|Business Description||Manufacturing, assembly, sales, servicing and maintenance of injection molding machines|
|Capital Stock||US$17 million|
|Number of Employees||55|
|Shareholder||Ube Machinery Corporation Ltd. (100%)|