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Local heroes – Italpresse Gauss delivers its first Chinese-manufactured high pressure diecasting machine

Italpresse Gauss, a Norican technology, has delivered its first locally produced diecasting machine to Huicheng Foundry Ltd, an aluminium foundry based in Jinan City, Shandong province, China. The TF1850 two-platen, high-pressure diecasting machine was manufactured at Norican Group’s facility in Changzhou, China.

Bought as part of a contract signed with Norican Group at GIFA in June 2019, the June 2020 delivery is another industry first for Jinan Huicheng Casting Co Ltd. As well as the TF 1850, the foundry has procured the first TF 4400 and the first IPr3700t diecasting machines to be installed in China for a Chinese customer.

A strategic investment in the company’s innovative focus

The new equipment is a strategic investment for the foundry, which already owns dozens of diecasting machines producing a range of castings for automotive, rail, yachts, industrial machinery and other demanding applications. Huicheng wanted to improve its competitive advantage through greater quality and productivity, as well as expand its casting capacity for large structural parts.

“Rather than just selling diecasting machines, Italpresse is very focused on research and development,” said Liu Yanling, president of Huicheng Foundry. “Its TF machine’s flexible die closure design is very special, along with its rapid, high force mould clamping and forged platens. Other suppliers use welded steel platens, but we prefer forged ones."

Smaller footprint, higher quality, digital excellence

The supplier’s TF (toggle free) range of high-pressure diecasting machines provide up to 5,700 tons of clamping force. The absence of a toggle linkage gives a smaller machine footprint, greater rigidity and fewer wear parts for improved reliability and performance. 

“I really like the design of these machines,” explained Liu. “Italpresse Gauss was the first company to introduce forged platens, making them – in my experience – virtually unbreakable. From the platens all the way through to superior control system designs, Italpresse technology will give us the highest accuracy and flexibility, which is a real competitive advantage. Access to Norican Group’s digital R&D via Norican Digital Labs is an added benefit that will help us stay ahead in the digital space too.”

Global assurance with a local touch – choosing region specific support

As the first high-pressure diecasting machine to come from Norican Group’s Changzhou workshop, Huicheng Foundry’s TF1850 is a milestone in Italpresse Gauss’s localisation strategy. The company’s entire range of diecasting machines will eventually be produced at the facility.

Changzhou is also the Asia-Pacific region manufacturing and service centre for Italpresse Gauss, helping it serve local customers better. The Norican China team, led by Wei Baohua, provides specialised services and equipment support for all four Norican technologies (DISA, Italpresse Gauss, StrikoWestofen and Wheelabrator).

Partnering Norican Group for future success

“Local service here in China is incredibly important to us and Mr Wei and his great team were a key selling point,” said Liu. “We’re proud to purchase the first domestic TF1850 and it’s an opportunity for us to establish a long-term co-operative relationship with Norican Group and its complete range of foundry equipment. We hope that we can work together with Norican to develop more, and better, solutions for the foundry market.” 

“The diecasting industry is changing rapidly,” said Wei Baohua.“High-performance equipment from Italpresse Gauss, combined with innovative digital solutions from Norican Group, are designed to increase your foundry’s productivity, quality and profitability. Norican's goal is to always to make your company unbeatable.”