October 27, 2008
by Canadian Packaging Staff
Canadian plastic molding machinery manufacturer Husky Injection Molding Systems is significantly expanding its Japanese operations this fall with the building of a new, expanded customer technical center and headquarters in Minami Machida, about two kilometers away from its existing facility in the city of Yokahoma.
“This new facility will allow us to better meet the increasing demands of new and existing customers,” says Karl-Heinz Hoefert, Husky’s vice-president of service and sales for southeast Asia, Korea and Japan.
“This expansion will double the space available at the current facility, allowing Husky to improve customer support and better react to market needs while reducing lead-times.”
Hoefert says the new facility, expected to be fully operation this fall, will focus primarily on PET (polyethylene terephthalate) sales support and mold refurbishing; hot-runner assembly and maintenance; machine and technology demonstrations; and customer training.
“It will give us the opportunity to offer increased support capabilities to the growing Japanese market, especially beverage packaging customers,” says Gerardo Chiaia, president of the Husky Asia Pacific unit.
“We can now offer state-of-the-art mold refurbishing capabilities and improved life-cycle management programs closer to our customers’ manufacturing facilities.”
Headquartered in Bolton, Ont., Husky has a long track record of operating in Japan—having opened its first mold manufacturing facility in that country in 1971, and establishing the Yokohama Technical Center in 1996 to conduct product demonstrations and customer technical training.