Demand for rubber machinery goes east
by David Shaw, ERJ Staff
There are, however, some early signs that the recession
is coming to an end. One person who was
prepared to offer an opinion was Mike Dyer of JM
Machinery, a company which mainly refurbishes
equipment. He said sales are up since a number of
his competitors went out of business, and 2004
looks better than any of the previous three years.
He said, for example, that the final quarter of
2003 had been better than the previous two quarters
combined and that he had quoted on more business
in January 2004, than in the first quarter of 2003.
Dyer said he was expecting to see a number of
rubber processors having summer maintenance
shut-downs this year. In the last three years, he said,
they have not had a summer shutdown, because
there was no money to carry our scheduled maintenance,
or even to buy bearings.
He said orders had been so thin among his customers
that they had equipment lying idle, and they
could cannibalize those machines to get spare parts,
and keep one or two machines running, without
paying for maintenance.
In 2003, for example, Dyer said he sold three replacement
rolls. In a typical year, he said, he expects
to sell 15 to 20. "No-one was repairing equipment. I
think they were still breaking them, but they were
not replacing them. They just went on without repair
Dyer said the last three years have been the most
difficult in the machinery business since he began in
the 1960s. "This far exceeds the 81/83 recession.
This was some very very hard times. I don't think
that, half way through, any of us had any idea how
long and how deep this was going to cut."
Dyer said he has only been able to keep afloat
since 2001 thanks to his international business, and
he was only able to get that by keeping quality
KTM rebuilt mixer line aimed at compounders
By Brad Dawson
Rubber & Plastics News - Sept. 27, 1999
KTM Machinery Inc., the joint venture of rubber equipment makers JM Machinery and Industrias Noramex S.A. de C.V., has introduced a new line of 20-liter to 270-liter rebuilt mixers for specialty or custom compounders.
The KTM, or Kinetic Thermal Mixing, steel-fabricated machines offer a variety of options for each customer in addition to size, including capacity, speed, bearings and package scope, said JM President Michael Dyer.
"Our machines can address various levels of need," Dyer said. "We can provide a basic control package for a start-up company or help one of the big players who want it all.
"Because we have the option of interchanging parts, we can give the customer what they want instead of telling them what they need."
KTM Machinery adds space, capacity
ITEC 1994, Rubber & Plastics News
KTM Machinery Inc. has expanded its Leon, Mexico, facility to accommodate improved sales in its rebuilt tire machinery.
The firm has added 25,000 square feet to its 200,000 sq.-ft. facility, said President Michael Dyer. The expansion is expected to increase KTM's capacity about 20 percent.
"I'm astounded at the growth in the domestic market," Dyer said. "Domestic rebuilt sales are up 65 percent."
He discussed the project at the International Tire Exhibition and Conference, Sept. 20-22 in Akron.
The company, which was established in early 1993, is a division of Noramex S.A. de C.V.
Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, the company operates its main design, machining and assembly facilities in Leon.
KTM takes U.S. built rubber machinery to Mexico, rebuilds it and brings it back to the U.S. It also makes new machinery in Mexico using U.S. technology. Its line includes laboratory and production mixers, open mills, calenders and hydraulic presses.
The project, completed earlier this year, cost $800,000.
KTM after business in Mexico
By Bruce Meyer, Rubber & Plastics New Staff
November 8, 1993
KTM Machinery Inc. claims it is the first rubber machinery company to take advantage of trading laws between the U.S. and Mexico to offer new and refurbished manufacturing equipment at a competitive price.
The firm believes the implementation of the pending North American Free Trade Agreement is inevitable and KTM is trying to stay a step ahead of its competitors, said KTM director Gabriele de Nora. He talked about the company's progress at Rubber Expo '93.
KTM is a new division of Noramex S.A. de C.V. that was established earlier this year. It is headquartered in Laredo, Texas, but has its main design, machining and assembly facilities in Leon, Mexico, about 400 miles south of the U.S. border.
Under the "Maquiladora" program, KTM said it is allowed to import and export equipment and components with no duties.
We're taking machinery made in the U.S. and taking it down to Mexico, reconditioning it, and then bringing it back to the U.S.," de Nora said. The labor-intensive jobs allow the company to take advantage of wages that are about one-fifth the U.S. average, according to the firm's literature.
Besides the U.S., machinery also is exported to Europe, South America and the Pacific Rim.
Additionally, KTM makes new machinery in Mexico utilizing U.S. technology. Its line includes laboratory and production mixers, open mills, calenders and hydraulic presses. "We assemble machinery to the needs of the company," de Nora said.
Much of the Mexican economy currently is stalled, he said, waiting until NAFTA is ratified, but KTM wants to get a head start. Even if the full trade agreement never takes shape, de Nora said more goods will flow between the U.S. and Canada. He noted that U.S. exports to Mexico have tripled in the past five years.