There's a new supplier of injection molding machines in North America. Bole North America has been named the exclusive U.S. and Canada distributor for Bole Machinery of Ningbo, China, a manufacturer of precision injection-molding machines in clamping forces between 60 and 6800 tons. The new firm, headquartered in Phoenix, was formed in January 2016 by Michael Treger, president of Treger Financial and KD Capital Equipment, also of Phoenix, which specialize in the financing and sale of used injection molding and CNC machining equipment.
Treger has been joined in the venture by injection machinery sales veteran Scott Rains. Rains is now managing sales efforts while developing a Bole North America sales representative and service network across the U.S. and Canada.
The two men entered into discussions with Ningbo Shuangma Machinery Industry Company Ltd., parent of Bole Machinery, in the fall of 2015 when Ningbo sought a new North American distributor to succeed TechBole USA of Dayton, Ohio. Said Rains: “After several meetings and visits to the factory in Ningbo, we were convinced of the technical capabilities of Bole injection molding machines. Their basic engineering is very solid and, with the addition of controls from Keba, name-brand hydraulic components and other features to meet ANSI and SPI specifications, we think we have a line of machines that will be attractive to American molders and very friendly to shop-floor personnel. ” A final distributor agreement was reached in December 2015.
To this point, Bole North America’s sales and service efforts have centered on the Bole EK Series, a servo-driven, center-clamping toggle machine that was introduced in the U.S. in 2014. The EK Series offers clamping forces from 60 to 6800 tons. About 20 EK Series machines are now in service in the U.S. and Canada, with thousands more in service in Mexico, Europe, Asia, and Africa, the company says. The company will soon introduce a new-to-North America line of hybrid two-platen machines in sizes ranging from 506 to 7644 tons, the Bole DK Series.
Bole molding machines are backed with a "very strong" 24-month warranty, said Rains, and come complete with a large kit of spare parts. Bole North America’s sales and parts operations are now located in Phoenix, though the company is also evaluating sites in the Midwest for a sales and technical center. Service is being handled by Molders Technical Services (MTS) of Norton, Ohio, which is owned by another respected industry veteran Mark Holliday. “Mark has been providing service for machines across the country for many years,” said Rains. “His experience in troubleshooting controls and repairing mechanical issues is unmatched. He acted as a technical advisor during our visits to Bole Machinery in China, so he knows the equipment very well.”