Husky Injection Molding Systems has added to its investment in an industry-leading services and sales network by expanding its presence in Japan. The company expects to open a new customer technical centre in Minami Machida, near Yokohama, by this autumn.
“This new facility will allow us to better meet the increasing demands of new and existing customers,” explains Karl-Heinz Hoefert, vice president of service and sales for Husky in Southeast Asia, Korea, and Japan.
The expansion, which increases Husky’s local presence, will serve as the injection moulding equipment supplier’s Japanese headquarters. It doubles the space currently available at the existing facility, allowing Husky to improve customer support and better react to market needs while reducing lead times.
The new facility will be located 2 km from Husky’s existing Yokohama centre and will focus on PET sales support and mould refurbishing; hot runner assembly, maintenance, and sales support; 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 Husky Asia Pacific. “We can now offer state-of-the-art mould refurbishing capabilities and improved life-cycle management programmes closer to our customers’ manufacturing facilities.”
Husky has a long track record in Japan, having opened its first mould manufacturing facility in that country in 1971. In 1996, it established the Yokohama Technical Centre to conduct product demonstrations and customer technical training. The Minami Machida location further demonstrates Husky’s level of commitment to the Japanese market and the entire Asia Pacific region.
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