History of Niigata Injection Molding Division
When Niigata Engineering Co., Ltd. was founded in 1895, it heralded the start of a long tradition of developing quality process machinery for the machine tool industry that has continued for more than a century. Niigata pioneered the development of universal milling heads, high-speed/high-output 5-axis CNC (computer numerical control) machining centers and the world’s first 100,000 RPM spindle in the world.
While machine tool remains a major market segment, the company began diversifying into other manufacturing areas. A major milestone was reached in 1963, when Niigata partnered with Stube, a German manufacturer, to produce its first injection molding machine.
In 1984, Niigata introduced its first all-electric injection molding machine.
Recognizing the superiority of all-electric technology, Niigata made that the focus of its injection molding efforts. Niigata’s MD Series – its 8th generation of all-electric injection molding machines – incorporates four decades of innovations and enhancements. Engineered and built in Japan, MD series machines feature the durability and high performance that molders expect from Niigata, in sizes ranging from 55-900 tons.
As the company grew, so did its global presence, ultimately leading to the creation of Niigata Machine Techno USA in 2017. In 2019, Niigata Machine Techno USA restructured its operation, designating its North American headquarters in Elk Grove Village, IL to handle injection molding machine sales, service, support, parts and repair throughout the US and Canada.
In March 2023, the parent company of Niigata Machine Techno USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Niigata Machine Techno Company, Limited of Japan, spun off the injection molding side of its business into a separate company. The new company – Niigata Machinery Co., Ltd. – is now focused solely on driving new business growth of injection molding machines worldwide.
To support that growth, Niigata Machinery has made a multi-million-dollar investment in the business, starting with the construction of a brand new, state-of-the art manufacturing facility that will consolidate all aspects of Niigata’s injection molding business – from research, design and engineering, to fabrication, manufacturing and warehousing – into a single location in Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan.
When the new facility opens in 2025, Niigata will be better be able to support its major growth surge for MDS8000 all-electric injection molding machines, significantly shortening lead-times throughout North America so that new machines can get out to customers on a timely basis. The new plant will also have the technology and expertise needed to support Niigata’s strategic growth objectives engineer and manufacture even larger injection molding machines.