A Japanese company building a manufacturing plant in the United States would seem to somehow counter the nationalist rhetoric that questions our globalized economy so much. In 2016, Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. Ltd. (Sakaki) launched a wholly owned subsidiary, Nissei Plastic Machinery America Inc., in San Antonio, TX, to manufacture injection molding machines as part of Nissei’s global production network. The plant, Nissei’s first production plant in the United States and the third outside of Japan, is expected to open in May.
The new assembly plant, located at Brooks City Base in San Antonio, will open on May 14, 2018, with a groundbreaking ceremony at 2:00 p.m., followed by a factory tour for attendees. The 114,234 square foot facility represents a $ 20 million investment for the company.
The facility will initially be used for the machining and assembly of medium to large scale hybrid injection molding presses with clamping forces ranging from 500 to 1,440 tonnes. Major components will be supplied by Nissei factories in Japan, China and Thailand, with local purchases from US suppliers increasing over time.
The new factory will include a technical center equipped with mold and material demonstration machines, allowing customers to perform pre-purchase testing.
The plant will supply the domestic market with locally manufactured machines to the highest standards of quality and reliability, bearing the marks “Made in USA” and “Made by Nissei”. Other important advantages include lower transportation costs; faster delivery and improved response times when changes are needed; and shorter deadlines.
With the U.S. manufacturing sector increasingly returning to local production, we can expect an increasing demand for medium and large scale production equipment in key categories such as automobiles, home appliances, packaging and goods. consumption, explained Nissei. The San Antonio plant will supply markets across America and, in the future, may supply European markets as well.
Nissei will exhibit at the next NPE2018 on booth W923.