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November 1, 2001

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Taiwanese manufacturers target U.S. with sophisticated machines

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A prototype of Creator's 40-ton all-electric was on display. It will be available in early 2002.

In the last several years there has been a noticeable increase in the level of technology showcased at the mostly domestic Taipei Plas show. More than 40 local manufacturers displayed injection molding machines at this year's show, which was held at the World Trade Convention Center in Taipei, Taiwan. The sophistication in control technology and the build quality of the machines displayed by these Taiwanese manufacturers was impressive. 

Mainland China is Taiwan's biggest machine market, reports the Taiwan Assn. of Machinery Industries (TAMI). The first six months of 2000 saw TW $140 million worth of machinery shipped. The same period in 2001 saw TW $160 million shipped. In addition, a number of Taiwan's machine manufacturers have set up manufacturing sites in China to offset the high 17 percent tariff China imposes on imported machines. 

Exports to the United States are also said to have increased, though the numbers provided by TAMI, which suggest a 300 percent increase to TW $40 million during the first six months of 2001 compared to the same period in 2000, are unconfirmed and seem unlikely. 

There is no disputing, however, the emergence of the all-electric in the region. If, as one leading North American molding machine manufacturer put it, the increasing demand for all-electric molding machines in the U.S. is "mass hypnotism," then the Taiwanese manufacturers are decidedly under the spell. 

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Victor showed off its new Va Series all-electrics, which will be available in the U.S. in early 2002.



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Fu Chun Shin's multicomponent hybrid machine won an award for its design at the show.



Electrics, Hybrids, and Everything Else 
Three of the top manufacturers showed all-electric machines at the show. Those that didn't, claim to be developing them. Victor (Fortune in the U.S. and Europe) showed its Va Series 50-ton all-electric. The company will begin shipping the 50-, 80-, and 120-ton Va machines to the U.S. in early 2002. 

Well established in the U.S. with a range of conventional toggle machines, TMC showed a 50-ton K Series all-electric. A 150-ton machine will be available early next year. 

Creator, which has been at the last three shows with a range of Japanese styled direct hydraulic machines, showed off a prototype 40-ton all-electric machine, which is part of a range up to 150 tons that will be available by early 2002. 

For those companies that see the advantages of both electric and hydraulic, there is the hybrid machine. A range of hybrid machines was showcased by FCS (Fu Chun Shin), including the HB 250Y multicomponent machine, which won the Award for Excellence, Design & Innovation—Plastics & Rubber Machinery from the TAMI. 

Meiki gave the first international viewing of a mostly electric hybrid machine that uses a unique hydraulic intensifier system for final clamp tonnage. 

Notable among the other machine exhibits was a complete PET system for wide-mouth jars from Chum Power. The system consisted of an injection molding machine feeding preforms via robot to a stretch blowmolding machine. 

Also, Chen Hsong displayed its new 50-ton direct hydraulic clamp high-speed machine, which is said to have injection speeds of up to 600 mm/sec. 

Editor's note: To learn more about Taipei Plas 2001, which attracted nearly 15,000 attendees and 306 exhibitors, visit www.taipeitradeshows.com.tw. 

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