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.

Niigata was founded in 1895

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.

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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.

Niigata Manufactures The All-Electric Injection Molding Machine

  • June 1895Niigata Engineering Co., Ltd. established
  • January 1963Partners with Stube to produce injection molding machines
  • May 1977Releases SN-B series of injection molding machine with digital controls
  • October 1983Introduces NN-B series of precision injection molding machines
  • October 1984Develops MD10S series of all-electric electric injection molding machines
  • September 1989Releases NN-MI series of low-pressure injection molding machines
  • October 1991Offers new MDS series of electric injection molding machines
  • August 1995Releases new MD-S II series electric injection molding machines
  • April 1997Introduces MDVR, the world’s first electric vertical injection molding machine
  • June 1997Enhances electric injection molding line with new MD-SIII series
  • March 1998Unveils MD850S3, the world’s largest electric injection molding machine
  • April 2001Releases new MD-SIV series of electric injection molding machines
  • April 2003Niigata Machine Techno Co., Ltd. is incorporated.
  • April 2005Announces MD-W series of medium tonnage electric injection molding machines
  • September 2005Develops new MD-X series of electric injection molding machines
  • June 2007Releases new MDVR-X series of electric vertical injection molding machines
  • October 2008Merges with Niigata Machinery Service Co., Ltd.
  • November 2009Develops MD-S6000 series of small tonnage electric injection molding machines
  • December 2010Niigata Machine Techno (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. is established
  • October 2012Introduces MD-W6000 series of medium tonnage electric injection molding machines
  • June 2014Releases MD-S7000 series of small tonnage electric injection molding machines
  • February 2017Niigata Machine Techno Co., Ltd. registers European representative office
  • June 2017Niigata Machine Techno (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is established
  • July 2017Niigata Machine Techno USA, Inc. is established
  • December 2017Niigata Machine Techno (Ningbo) Co., Ltd. is established
  • January 2018Releases new MD-S8000 series of vertical all-electric injection molding machines
  • April 2019Niigata restructures North American operation for injection molding machine sales, service and parts
  • February 2020Premiers new MD-S8000 series of all-electric injection molding machines
  • March 2023Niigata Injection Molding is spun off to become its own company, Niigata Machinery Co., Ltd
  • 2025Niigata Machinery Co., Ltd to open brand new manufacturing facility