Mould and die machine manufacturers in Taiwan are firming up their solutions and technologies in preparation for the anticipated strong demand in line with the global manufacturing recovery.
The mould and die industry is a good indicator of the overall health of the global manufacturing sector, as it serves multiple industrial markets—from the aerospace to automotive, to the home appliances, electronics, and food and beverage, to name a few. For example, one of the biggest mould and die markets is the automotive manufacturing industry. Each car requires 1,700 sets of stamping die, 500 sets of plastic injection mould, and 1,000 sets of casting mould.
The global mould and die market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9% from 2019 to 2025, according to Infinium Global Research. Mainly driving this growth is the implementation of automation in the die casting process, and the benefits offered by dies and moulds such as increased efficiency, enhanced flexibility and enhanced precision—which are, in turn, propelling the sector’s increasing adoption in the manufacturing industry.
One of the leading providers of machineries for the mould and die industry is Taiwan. Over the past six decades, the country’s mould and die industry has been a key sector that has made a critical impact on the development and expansion of its technology industries.
According to The Bureau of Foreign Trade, MOEA, the total export value of Taiwan’s machine tools reached US$1.27 billion in the first half of 2021, up by 14.4% compared with the same period last year.
In terms of exports, mainland China continues to be the top destination for Taiwan’s machine tools, with an export value of US$443.85 million, or 34.9% of total exports in the first half of 2021. The United States came in at second, followed by Turkey, Russia, and India. Thailand ranked sixth, with an export value of US$44.83 million. Vietnam ranked seventh, with export value of US$44.68 million, followed by Malaysia, with export value of 32.57 million. Rounding of the top 10 export destinations are Netherlands and Japan.
Taiwan’s machine tool exports is expected to grow by 15–20% yearon-year in 2021 amid the continuing recovery of the automotive industry, the slowdown of the pandemic situation due to continuing vaccination drives, and the opening up of more markets.
To strengthen Taiwan’s position in the global machine tools supply chain, the government is encouraging manufacturers to take advantage of the country’s technology knowhow to support the trend towards automation, smarter manufacturing, and digitalisation, as the global manufacturing industry recovers from the impact of the pandemic over the past year.
The following are some of Taiwan’s key mould and die machine manufacturers that are creating more advanced machineries and solutions to help manufacturers address issues such as fluctuating raw material costs, automation, and ramping up of capacities to address the anticipated demand growth, driven by industries including electric vehicles (EV), electronics, and medical equipment.
Kao Ming Machinery Industrial Co. Ltd (KMC)
Founded in 1968, Kao Ming Machinery Industrial Co. Ltd (KMC) is a leader in gantry type processing centre in Taiwan. With 53 years of experience, KMC provides their services across Asia, Europe and America at over 200 local service centres with more than 40 global agents.
While the ongoing pandemic has impacted the mould and die industry, KMC continues to provide support for its customers through adapting and innovating, bringing hope for its customers. Not only has the company lowered costs by introducing a one-flow manufacturing process, which cuts down processing time by four times, but it also connected with their customers via online social platforms and conducted virtual workshops to help manufacturers in need.
KMC machines are equipped with a wide variety of head attachments for multifunctional manufacturing purposes. “The essence of our machines are diversity and flexibility,” highlights Chiang. They serve a wide range of applications and industries including the aerospace and automotive industries. For example, the KMC-G Series gantry type machining centre is designed and engineered for heavy cutting capacity and high efficiency machining for large workpieces in these industries.
“The key considerations to investing in a machine includes speed of the machine, rigidity, precision, and quality. At KMC, we pride ourselves with prioritising and understanding our customers wants and needs—and providing the best service and experience for them,” concludes Chiang.
Ying-Han Technology (YLM)
Founded in 1987, Ying Han Technology Co. Ltd (YLM) has been one of the leading suppliers of advanced solutions for the metal tube forming industries, as well as in the manufacture of machine tool accessories and CNC machines. The company went public in 2017 and has grown to 400 employees across the world.
“Our motto is: provide immediate and reliable sales and technical services to customers,” said Tsai. With branch offices and a service network across the globe, YLM commits to technical developments and reliable services.
During these unprecedented times, YLM’s non-stop 24 hours global service is providing real-time difference, especially for rapidly changing industries. And in the future, YLM’s machines, combined with intelligent components and sensors, will feature capabilities such as self-processing accuracy, automatic parameter adjustment, and maintenance reminders, and help customers eliminate processing problems, reduce manpower maintenance cost, and achieve global uninterrupted operation.
For the medical industry, multi-cavity moulds require high precision accuracy and high dependence on the equipment. YLM ensures that the maximum error is in range to maintain accuracy and quality in mould manufacturing.
The company’s horizontal machining centres are helping automotive part manufacturers in their challenges. For one, the YMH630/800 has dual worktables to make the clamping method more flexible and can be used in unmanned automatic continuous processing.
Jainnher Machine Co. Ltd
Established in 1982, Jainnher Machine Co. Ltd is one of the leading manufacturers of highprecision grinding machines in Taiwan. For almost 40 years, the company has developed a complete machine series to cater to the many different grinding requirements in industries ranging from aerospace, automotive, bicycle, and other transportation industry, cutting tools, and medical parts.
Around half of Jainnher’s clients are automotive parts manufacturers, for which the company provides cost effective and more-advanced automated systems. While the company designs its machines inhouse, it also helps customers build automated equipment for mass production, based on their requirements and budgets. According to Export Manager William Lee, customers’ requirements—in almost every industry—are mostly focused on accuracy and grinding speeds. Either way, the company can provide solutions for both needs.
“It also depends on the workpiece type, as some parts need CNC machining,” said Lee. He noted that the company provides finishing services as a way of adding value to the service.
Jainnher went online to help customers address issues such as machine installation or troubleshooting and repair during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lee said they had to develop new ways to address their customers’ problems.
Jainnher usually delivers in just four months. Now, it may need to add two more months because of the delays in parts. Which is why, if customers want a machine, they should book it now. “Raw material and shipping costs increase every day. If customers need a machine, they should order immediately,” Lee concluded.
Sigma CNC Technology Machinery Co. Ltd
Established in 2000, Sigma CNC Technology Machinery Co. Ltd manufactures CNC machining centres and custom grinding machines. It has 16 patents for CNC double column machining centres and eight patents for custom CNC grinding machines. Its products are sold to more than 30 countries through its more than 40 sales locations worldwide.
According to Daniel Chuang, Marketing Director, most machining companies in Southeast Asia lean towards vertical machining centres (VMCs) as compared to double-column machining centres, especially when it comes to motorcycle parts manufacturing in Vietnam and Indonesia. He also noted that some parts makers are moving from Thailand to Vietnam.
One future trend he is seeing is the need for spatial grinding machines, which Sigma has been selling to HIWIN and THK for 10 years now. “Five years ago, some Korean and Chinese manufacturers wanted to buy this machine because they want to manufacture linear guide inhouse to lower the cost,” said Chuang. “We even have customers from the UK who are building linear guides to be sold locally.” He said linear guides are expensive because they are high-precision components.
“We believe machine makers in Southeast Asia will want to manufacture their own linear guides,” Chuang said. “Just like in India, manufacturers are building machines domestically—therefore, this key component is very important for them. Which is why we want to promote spatial grinding machines.”
Because Sigma manufactures double-column machines, delivery to customers require disassembly for the machine to fit the containers, and assembly on the customer side. Amidst the movement restrictions due to the current pandemic, Sigma has been creating video tutorials on how to reassemble the machine to help customers, as well as train them on repairs. Its local agents help customers online or by providing video trainings as well.
Ready for Recovery
The pandemic has significantly upended the global manufacturing industry—and manufacturers now are realising the importance of upgrading their systems to smarter solutions. Answering this need are Taiwan’s machine tool makers who can provide precision components, digitally controlled machine tools, automation equipment, and smart controlling systems.
Taiwan companies have long been supplying machineries to manufacturers in the ASEAN region. The government’s thrust toward developing a much deeper cooperation with the industry in Southeast Asia, and a potentially new global supply chain pattern emerging post-pandemic, are expected to open up more opportunities for manufacturing cooperation between the ASEAN region and Taiwan.