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Nippon Cannon goes worldwide with their Japanese customers
NCI (Nippon Cannon Inc.) has recently secured many orders from Japanese customers worldwide. Large and famous Japanese brands – mainly manufacturing automotive interior parts and refrigerators – are extending their market share not only in Japan but also around the world. Promptly adapting to their customer's strategy, Nippon Cannon reorganised their resources to become an international player with them.
AUTOMOTIVE NCI started to supply equipments for closed-mould injection of foam in Instrument Panels to Calsonic Kansei's overseas plants since 2008. At this very moment the following equipment has been added for installation and start up during 2011 or the first quarter of 2012:
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In CHINA (Guangzhou) : Two fixture stations. One dosing unit and two multi-component mixing head. In THAILAND: Two fixture stations. One dosing unit and two multi-component mixing head. In MEXICO: Three fixture stations. One dosing unit and three multi-component mixing head. In CHINA (Xiangyan): Four fixture stations. One dosing unit and eight multi-component mixing heads. In TAIPEI: One fixture station with one dosing unit.
REFRIGERATOR The major Japanese refrigerator manufacturer have been using Cannon foaming equipment in their overseas factories since 2009. NCI have recently supplied them a significant number of complete plants for commercial and industrial refrigerators.
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In VIETNAM : One A-System100PT dosing unit and one A-System40PT, with four FPL mixing heads and two complete premix systems PentaEasyFroth. In THAILAND : Three A-System100PTW dosing units, with six FPL18 mixing heads and one complete premix system PentaEasyFroth for Cyclopentane. In THAILAND : Two EasyDrum, one A-System100 PTW metering unit with four FPL24 mixing heads and one PentaEasyFroth premix system.
Windows & Doors: Phenolic foams meet
Taiwan's strict fire regulations
One of the largest manufacturing conglomerates in Taiwan, part of the Formosa Group's collection of chemical and plastics companies, Nan Ya Plastics primarily manufactures plastics, fibers, and electronic materials. Its primary products are polyester and its derivatives, including polyester staple fiber, polyester chips, PET, and polyester film. Taiwan's largest plastics maker, the company also operates in the US through subsidiary Nan Ya Plastics USA as well as in China and Indonesia. Nan Ya Plastics was founded in 1958 by industrialist Yung-Ching Wang, whose family still controls the Formosa Group companies. Producing all kind of petrochemicals, plastics, fibers, electronic material and door/window products, with a 2010 turnover of USD 7.3 billion, Nan Ya Plastics is a loyal Cannon customer since many years. They produce and sell globally all kind of SMC/PVC doors and windows.
Since 1992 they make use of five Cannon high-pressure foaming machines to fill rigid Polyurethane foam into the SMC door.
When, four years ago, they decided to produce fire-retardant SMC doors to meet the strictest fire regulations, since Cannon did not have a low-output machine for Phenolic foams at that time, they brought in one high-pressure dosing machine from a local supplier.
Their nightmare started since the poorly-designed and built local machine arrived. They were facing a lot of problems both in the quality of machine and of the end products.
When their market was at risk, due to the strong confidence on the Cannon technology they finally decided to go for a Cannon solution, and selected a dosing unit and mixing head specifically designed and built to handle the corrosive chemicals used in Phenolic foams.
The new Cannon machine arrived in July, 2011 to solve their problem: a foam of superior quality and aspect was immediately produced, with great relief for the customer and satisfaction for the CFE Taiwan office that handled the business.
Cannon Eurasia: a dream comes true!
The year 2011 has been a very successful one for Cannon Eurasia. The brilliant results gave further stability to the Russian branch of the Cannon Group, that can now start dreaming about new challenges. Sales of plants and machines have returned, in 2011, to the good levels attained by Cannon Eurasia before the crisis of 2008. The brilliant economic result allowed for some investments that were kept on hold for a while.
A new office in Moscow Cannon Eurasia has moved into new, wider, more modern offices. The new headquarters, inaugurated on November 15th, 2011 at the presence of the Group's top management, offer ample space to the current 17 employees and to those that are planned to join them in the near future. A welcoming atmosphere, with a beautiful view on Moscow, permits to accommodate properly clients and visitors. A new spare parts storage has been added to the offices, well furnished with custom-cleared parts that can be supplied, without delays and import operations, to the numerous Cannon customers in Russia.
A stock of metering units for prompt delivery The status of Russian Company that characterises Cannon Eurasia allows them to keep in Moscow a storage of different Afros' metering units, already custom-cleared and ready for immediate shipment to any customer in Russia.
The staff of Cannon Eurasia toast to a brilliant result in 2011 and to their new Moscow offices
In THAILAND: for Industrial refrigerators, one A-System100PT machine with two FPL mixing heads. In BRAZIL : Ten RotoPlug-2 fixtures fed by one A-System 100PTW and one A-System 40PT dispensers, with four FPL mixing heads and several premixing units.
The Japanese customers are actively looking for new products, therefore they are very interested in Cannon new technologies. Several examples can be mentioned, all referring to orders delivered in 2011:
PUR SPRAY - a plant for Automotive interior parts. CLEAR COATING - a machine for Automotive interior parts.
JL18 MIXING HEAD - for Insulation sandwich panel. CARBON FIBER - EPOXY RTM - one dosing machine combined with one IMC(In Mould Coating) injection machine for automotive exterior parts.
As a consequence of the terrible disaster of March 11 , 2011, all the Japanese companies had to stop their production activity, either because of parts delivery delays or of electric power supply shortage. But Japanese were not sleeping. All the automotive manufacturer restarted their production soon after, with the usual production rate almost recovered by August, using overnight and weekend production to compensate the short stock.
NCI is handling all the above mentioned project with the support of the other involved Cannon Units confirming the already proven validity of the “Cannon Global Network”.
Part of NCI personnel, based in the Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo. Total staff counts today 15 qualified employees.
Marco Volpato, Cannon Group’s MD (Above, center) flanked by Enio Gualandris, Corporate Director Human Resources (left) and Andrea Castellan, Cannon Eurasia MD (right) officially inaugurate the new Cannon Eurasia offices in Moscow on November 15, 2011.
This status is not very common, and this allows the clients to give an immediate follow-up to any decision of investment they might think of in the short term.
Another Russian certification for the Cannon machines In addition to the already obtained GOST certification, Cannon Eurasia is now entitled to certify their equipment in accordance with the RosTechNadZor norms, so that it can supply its machines as approved by both these rigid Russian standards.
Project Management and BONO Sales The current staff has been improved, with new Project Management specialists and dedicated personnel for the BONO Energy and Ecology solutions. Read more about this at page 16!
Dreams come true, sometimes! Nobody at Cannon Eurasia would have thought of such a development, just a few years ago. But they already think ahead, and dream of a modern laboratory where customers can try the Cannon machines before buying them, and of a training center for their customer's technicians… and at this point of time it's not anymore a matter of “if ”, but just a matter of “when?”.
Congratulations to Andrea Castellan and his winning Team! 11
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