Laser drilling system supplier expands

Kaohsiung City, Taiwan – Tongtai Machine & Tool Co. Ltd. has shipped three laser drilling machines in the 1Q11 and expect to deliver 10 laser drilling machines by the end of June. Forecasters project the company will ship a total of 60 laser drilling machines in 2011, contributing $31.2 million to its total sales.

Tongtai, founded in 1969, is a major supplier of laser drilling machines and also supplies CNC lathes, machining centers, complete production lines and special purpose machines.

Tongtai is now part of the supply chain of tablet personal computers and it has recently begun delivering machining centers to customers that produce base plates for tablet PCs. Tongtai anticipates sales will reach $5.5 million between June and August this year.

The company has bookings through the end of the third quarter of this year. At present, it has $121.2 million orders in hand, including $15.9 million for PCB (printed circuit board) drilling machines and $103.9 million for CNC (computerized numerically controlled) machine tools.

Tongtai currently concentrates on the development and production of PCB drilling machines, CNC lathes and machining centers. Of these, PCB drilling machines account for over 40% of the company's total sales. About 41% of its machine-tool output is delivered to automobile makers.

In the beginning of this year, Tongtai received orders for 343 machining centers used for making base plates for tablet PCs. These orders will be filled between May and September of this year.


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