Milacron Holdings Corp. (Cincinnati, OH) has announced the completion of an 88,000-square-foot expansion to its hot runner and control systems manufacturing facility in Kunshan City, Jiangsu, China. The company also expanded its administration and support staff offices by 26,000 square feet.
Mold-Masters’ hot-runner systems are experiencing strong growth in the large Chinese market as well as other Asian regions, necessitating the expansion. “Our hot-runner operations in China have seen year-over-year growth every year since their inception in 2005,” said Milacron CEO Tom Goeke. “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 on June 25 and the installation of new machinery is underway, said Milacron’s information. The expanded footprint allows for the addition of 30 new machining centers, 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 the company to bring in manufacturing operations typically done by suppliers. This will allow for tighter quality and delivery control and the reinforcement of Mold-Masters’ commitment to continually improving quality.
An Heid, Mold-Masters President of Asia and Americas, states, “Mold-Masters’ operations in China are dedicated to serving the Asian market and supporting our global operations. 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.”
Milacron’s Mold-Masters China operations employ over 800 people, with that number expected to climb to 900 by the end of 2017.