Engel's China-based commodity injection machine offshoot Wintec officially debuted its machines in the Korean market at Koplas, promising to go head-to-head with local suppliers. Wintec president Peter Auinger says 15 machines are already in the field in Korea with another five on the way, and primarily operating in the auto and white goods fields.
|Wintec machines are built in China to the same specifications as Engel's traditional offerings, but with less features and customization scope.|
Auinger notes that large molders serving the auto sector in Korea and elsewhere typically run two types of injection machines: high performance machines for challenging applications that could come from Engel as well as standard machines for commodity-type applications that may come from Korean or Chinese OEMs. Wintec machines, which offer the same performance as Engel machines, but offer less options and customizability to the processor, are a more than viable alternative according to Auinger. "Additional advantages are that they use the same controller and the processor can also stock the same spares." Machine pricing is reportedly slightly higher than leading high-end Chinese machine builders but close to Korean machine pricing.
Large Korean end users have extensively evaluated Wintec machines and moving forward, Auinger expects them to start using the company's presses, although not necessarily in Korea. "Korean conglomerates are not investing at home these days. Rather, they are setting up plants in Russia, Mexico, Vietnam, and the like."
At Koplas, Wintec was demonstrating the high performance of its t-win 6500 servo-hydraulic driven two-platen machine, which was molding a 42-inch LCD TV frame from 10% glass fiber-reinforced polycarbonate in a cycle time of 18 seconds versus the 24 seconds the part was running at on a Korean injection molding machine.