DESMA has been active in the USA since the early 1960’s when DESMA Industrial Machines was formed in Waltham, Mass. At this time, DESMA USA primarily served the footwear industry with specialized machines for injection of PVC shoe soles and boots. Also at this time, a growing market for rubber shoe soles inspired DESMA to build rotary rubber injection molding machines. Many of these machines were sold to USA footwear producers. These machines also gained popularity in the automotive and consumer goods industries for the production of high volume rubber parts.
In the late 1960’s to early 1970’s, DESMA single station rubber injection molding machines became very popular. DESMA USA supported this market with domestic spare parts availability and local service technicians.
DESMA USA forged it’s identity in the late 1970’s when control technology migrated from relay logic to PLC’s. At this time, the US market demanded machine control systems with domestically sourced electrical components programmed in ladder logic. DESMA USA responded by providing control systems unique to the US market.
In the early 1980’s, the DESMA group was acquired by Klockner, a publically traded company in Germany. Klockner owned several plastics machinery companies (Windsor and Ferromatik among others) with North American factories. DESMA USA moved to Erlanger Kentucky and was integrated into Klockner’s Windsor and Ferromatik plastic machinery operations. DESMA’s USA recognized trade name changed several times to reflect these affiliations.
By the late 1990’s DESMA was growing market share in the industrial single station machine sector. As a result DESMA USA moved to a custom 25,000 ft sq facility located in Hebron Kentucky, located just off Interstate 275 near the Greater Cincinnati Airport.
DESMA currently employs approximately 37 people including sales engineers, service technicians, project engineers, mold shop personnel and after sales support for the rubber single station machine market. We are especially proud of our service department that includes 10 full time service engineers. Our facility is equipped with dual overhead cranes (20 tons and 5 tons). We have a demonstration lab equipped with DESMA vertical and horizontal presses ranging from 50 to 630 US tons. These presses are available for molding trials that help determine molding solutions for our customers. In addition we maintain a several million dollar inventory of spare parts; we provide domestic support for installation, warranty and after sales support, we offer training programs both customized and structured training and offer system upgrade and retrofits.
Also unique to DESMA USA is our activity in Mexico where we maintain both sales and service personnel.
In late 2007, DESMA entered an agreement with Wickert GmbH of Landau Germany. Wickert is an industrial engineering company that specializes in building custom compression machinery capable of holding extremely precise tolerances. DESMA USA provides sales assistance, service and spare parts to Wickert customers in North America also.
In 2008, DESMA USA entered the business of rubber and silicone mold production. The mold shop is located within the Hebron Kentucky facility. This 2.0 Mio US$ investment offers several CNC vertical milling centers (including 5 axis capability), a turning center, a large surface grinder and a host of other equipment to build first class production molds. DESMA USA also has an in house full time mold designer working in Unigraphics. Unique to DESMA is the fact that all molds and cold runners built by DESMA are tested in the same facility. Our engineers and technicians to confirm proper cavity balance, venting, filling and confirm article quality.
DESMA USA is the only supplier that can provide domestically produced tooling, cold runners and injection equipment.
DESMA USA, Inc.
2195 Arbor Tech Drive
Hebron, KY 41048/ USA
Phone +1 859 5256610
Fax +1 859 5258972