With the diversification of plastic products market demand is increasing, injection molding machine equipment upgrades and faster, a Plante&MoranPLLC company officials recently released a report said, although the U. S. injection molding machine operating costs more than China, but due to the United States stable energy prices and China's rising energy costs and wages, the gap between the two countries is shrinking.
TedMorgan, senior consulting manager of the accounting and management consulting firm, says the gap in the cost of injection operations is expected to shrink. China's price advantage is more displayed in small-tonnage injection molding machines. The United States is close to the big tonnage machine. Plante &Moran, in its 2013 North American plastics Industry Survey, said the hourly machine cost data further showed that automation helped to cut the industry consensus on the main advantages of low labor costs in China.
Morgan says the key is how to automate vs. how much work is in the mould, and how many workers are invested in the product. Morgan says Mexico's price on small tonnage presses is between the United States and China, and is roughly comparable to the United States on large tonnage machines. North America will be a strong foundation for Asian production back to shore.