TROY, Mich.—SIMPAC America, the North American subsidiary of South Korea-based press manufacturer SIMPAC Inc., recently received a $16 million purchase order from automotive supplier Martinrea International Inc., for one of the largest press systems to be used by a Tier-One supplier within the United States, according to a release from SIMPAC America.

The purchase order includes two fully automated press systems: one 1,600- and one 3,000- metric-ton press. The 3,000-ton press has a 300-inch bed size, highly unusual for U.S. manufacturing standards. Both press systems will be used for the production of Martinrea’s value-added lightweight structures and propulsion systems at its plant in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

“SIMPAC is very grateful to our friends at Martinrea International, and we are proud to be selected as the Tier-One’s press manufacturer of choice for this grand project,” said Y.H. Kim, president of North American Operations at SIMPAC America, in a company release. “Our relationship with Martinrea has always been a priority, along with providing operational excellence to the automotive market. This order allows us to continue catering to both priorities.”

The order is reported to be the single largest order ever to be recorded for SIMPAC America’s North American operations. Both press systems are estimated for delivery in the second quarter of 2022.

“At SIMPAC, we work tirelessly to ensure our customers meet their production goals because it’s not just ‘work’ for us—it’s our brand promise that customers will explore the difference with SIMPAC,” said Stephan Robertson, general manager and vice president of sales and operations at SIMPAC America, in the release. “The difference between SIMPAC and other competitive press manufacturers is that a P.O. is not the end of the road for us. It’s the beginning of a long journey with that customer. That is what a true partnership is all about—getting the order, yes, but fulfilling your brand’s promise and always making yourself available to the customer with quick and reliable service and support.”

SIMPAC America affirmed the possibility that the order could include the first-ever use of its new extended reality (XR) tool. The tool was created together with Elm Park Labs, Inc. for what SIMPAC America called “a completely remote, virtual buy-off process and immersive part identification and services experience.” The company said that including the new technology in the order would be an industry-wide first.

SIMPAC America’s product portfolio comprises mechanical, servo, and hydraulic presses, along with tandem lines and automation. In addition to automotive manufacturers and tier suppliers, the company’s customers operate in various branches of the metal forming industry, including the home appliances, household goods, furniture, electronics, and aerospace and defense industries.

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