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Milacron's Success in Low Pressure Injection Molding Machines Strong Pre and Post NPE, Inking Additional Sales with 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics of Ohio


Milacron Holdings Corp. (NYSE:MCRN), a leading industrial technology
company serving the plastics processing industry has seen demand
increase for its industry-leading Low Pressure Injection Molding (LPIM)
Structural Foam machines following a successful NPE 2018 in Orlando, FL.
Milacron had a dedicated space in the NPE booth focusing on LPIM
technologies and large part molding. An eye-catching display showed a
replica platen of the massive Cincinnati 6,750 ton machine sold to 20/20
Custom Molded Plastics of Holiday City, OH.

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Owing to 20/20's successful long-standing relationship with Milacron, at
the NPE 2018 trade show they entered into an agreement with Milacron to
refurbish and upgrade two of their existing 400 ton LPIM machines to 500
ton LPIM machines, and one of their 500 ton LPIM machines to 750 ton
LPIM machines. 20/20 is also having Milacron rebuild and upgrade five of
their 750 ton LPIM machines. The machines will undergo a complete
remanufacture and rebuild process at Milacron's Batavia, OH
manufacturing plant and be returned like new machines. In total,
Milacron is currently rebuilding 8 LPIM machines as well as four HPIM
machines as well. "Milacron's commitment to the LPIM side of the
industry, their quality, performance, and service is second to none and
is the reason that we made this decision to have them rebuild and
upgrade this equipment," said Ron Ernsberger, President, 20/20 Custom
Molded Plastics.

Ernsberger added, "Milacron worked closely with our entire team at 20/20
to identify the upgrades to the existing machines to be rebuilt that
will put these machines above today's current machine specifications and
give us the widest capabilities for these size machines in the
industry." Ernsberger continued, "We also had Milacron integrate some
proprietary technologies into their machines that allow us to have the
most versatile LPIM Structural Foam machine fleet in the custom molding
market. It's a great partnership between the companies, as all equipment
at 20/20 CMP is 100% Milacron."

Milacron CEO Tom Goeke stated, "Stories like 20/20's machine retrofits
reinforce the fact that Milacron has an unrivaled aftermarket offering.
Our aftermarket offerings aren't only spare parts, we can literally take
an older machine and transform it to like new condition. Milacron has
set the standards, driven innovation and led the industry in
Multi-Nozzle Low-Pressure Injection Molding Technologies for more than
four decades. These machines can be used for Structural Foam, Structural
Web, Gas Assist, Solid Molding, or combinations of these technologies
depending on the application." Goeke added, "The LPIM market is strong
for our customers that require either new or rebuilt machines in both
North America and Europe, and we have a number of solid inquiries both
domestically and internationally including many from Latin America and

Ideal for injection molding large, lightweight, durable structural
plastic parts, the Milacron LPIM Structural Foam Technology creates a
cellular foamed core surrounded by integral skins, forming a total
integral and rigid structure. In this process, a foaming agent N2 is
mixed with the polymer melt and short-shot through a modular multiple
nozzle system into a mold (or multiple molds) in a volume less than is
required to fill a solid part. The injection pressure and expanding
gas/polymer cellular mixture act to fill the mold. The mold cavity
pressures are 10 – 20 times lower than conventional injection molding
which permits the use of lower cost aluminum molds with no hot runner
since the hot runner manifold and nozzle system is integral to the
machine. Many molds and large parts of different sizes can be molded at
the same time. The multi-nozzle machine design allows for multiple molds
to be run simultaneously allowing for higher productivity.

The markets driving the increased level of activity are material
handling (pallets and boxes), underground enclosures for
telecommunications and utilities, drainage and irrigation products, ATV
components, commercial/institutional, and industrial and safety
products. Milacron is also seeing other new products being developed
that are conversions from concrete, metal, and wood in the building and
infrastructure market as well.

Eric Hallstrom, Business Manager, Milacron LPIM added, "Milacron has
been promoting our proprietary Structural Web technology that allows for
multi-point gas assist molding that can be added to as an option to our
standard LPIM machine. The process allows for a cosmetic part appearance
for large projected area parts and can reduce part weights by up to 20%.
The gas assist process also creates an inherently strong and durable
part, molded with low internal stresses and a dual wall thickness which
can replace many rotational molded or industrial blow molded parts with
better aesthetics and better cycle times for higher volume parts."

Milacron has aggressively expanded its rebuild and remanufacture
capabilities for LPIM machines for customers. There are a large number
of old LPIM machines in the field that were purchased in the late 1980's
and 90's that are in need of rebuilds and upgrades to control systems
and new motor and drive selections, moving away from DC to AC drives
which provide better energy efficiency. Milacron's full remanufacturing
consists of fully rebuilding the machine to current model
specifications, including full teardown and inspection, platen
refurbishment, full re-painting of the machine, new controls, electrical
system, and hydraulics. The major tonnage and injection cylinders and
hydraulic accumulators are sent out for refurbishment and resealing. New
screws, barrels, and injection melt accumulators are also included as
part of this program.

Hallstrom added, "Essentially we are updating machines that have been in
production for over 30 years and bringing them up to the same
specifications as our new machines. This has been especially popular
since we started to promote this capability to our customers, as they
see a significant enough savings since we are re-using the most
expensive parts of these large machines, being the bases, platens, and
cylinders. The customer gets back a machine that outperforms the
machine's original specifications and is as reliable as a new machine
with the same warranty."

Milacron continues to push the boundaries of possibilities in plastics
with breakthrough products from leading brands including Milacron®,
Mold-Masters®, DME®, Ferromatik®, Uniloy®, and CIMCOOL®. All Milacron
product brands offer industry-leading service, support, and spare parts
inventory – trust only Milacron trained experts to ensure your assets
run at peak performance.

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About Milacron

Milacron is a global leader in the manufacture, distribution, and
service of highly engineered and customized systems within the plastic
technology and processing industry. Milacron is the only global company
with a full-line product portfolio that includes hot runner systems,
injection molding, blow molding and extrusion equipment, mold
components, industrial supplies plus a wide market range of advanced
fluid technologies. Visit Milacron at

About 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics

20/20 Custom Molded Plastics' mission is to exceed customers'
expectations by assisting with part and mold design and by working with
some of the best toolmakers in the industry. 20/20 helps customers avoid
design and production problems because of the expertise developed over
many years in the custom structural foam molding industry. 20/20's
135,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility was built to custom
specifications for optimum efficiency. 20/20 has single part
capabilities of up to 200 lbs and has incorporated the latest technology
available for total control of the molding process. For More information

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