HPM designing 4,500-ton machine – Marion Star

MARION — A Marion company’s landing of a contract for a 4,500-ton die-casting machine represents more than a successful sale, William Flickinger said.
HPM North America Corp.’s president said Walker Die Casting Inc.’s awarding of a contract to design the 4,500-ton die caster “sends the message in my opinion that HPM is truly back; a former HPM customer has enough confidence in the company and the ownership that they’re willing to give a contract of this magnitude to us. It sends the message to the industry that our customers have regained confidence in HPM.”
Yizumi Precision Machinery Co. Ltd., whose headquarters is in Shunde, China, purchased the intellectual property of the bankrupt HPM in Mount Gilead, once Morrow County’s largest employer, in March 2011. Flickinger said Yizumi asked him to run the HPM company, which is housed in a 37,000-square-foot space it leases in the Marion Industrial Center on Harding Highway East. The intellectual property includes its product lines, name, trademarks and patents of plastic injection molding, die casting and extrusion machines, he said. Yizumi leases a 7,500-square-foot building on Pole Lane Road for administrative offices and storage of engineering records for HPM North America.
HPM North America has 24 full-time employees, including service engineers, parts engineers, sales associates, administrative personnel and a business development manager, he said.
Sam Walker, Walker Die Casting’s purchasing agent, said of his company’s awarding of the contract to HPM, “We’ve used several of their machines in the past, and we’ve been satisfied with the design.”
The HPM products, Billy Spivey, Walker Die Casting plant manager, said, “have proven to be the most robust in the industry in our opinion. We have a lot of trust in those folks there in (HPM) North America. They’re still intimately involved (in the design). We have a lot of faith in Bill Flickinger and the company HPM North America.”
Flickinger said HPM will design the machine, the “largest we’ve ever built” and the largest the customer has ever purchased. “We then turn around and buy the components and machines from Yizumi, who builds it. Then it is shipped back to HPM, and we install it in the customer’s plant.” Walker Die Casting will use the machine to manufacture automotive die-cast parts for the automotive and trucking industries.
HPM personnel will meet Nov. 11 to start the design process and anticipate Yizumi will finish building the machine in China in early December 2016 before it is shipped to Walker Die Casting in 2017,. Declining to disclose the dollar amount of the contract, Flickinger said the list price for the machine is $3.5 million.
HPM designs about eight-10 die-casting machines and eight-10 injection molding machines each year, he said. Machines up to 900 tons in weight can be built at the Marion site, while larger machines are built in China and sent directly to the customer.
He said HPM will do the engineering and the sourcing for a “significant amount of the material” for the 4,500-ton die caster before the project is shipped to China for construction. HPM will be responsible for assembling the machine and start-up at Walker Die Casting, which is located in Lewisburg, Tennessee.
The Walker company will make aluminum die-cast products, each of which will weigh 100-125 pounds, he said.
“It also sends the message that we have the capability here in Ohio of designing a machine of this magnitude,” he said.
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