Category Archives: Europe

CFRP Roof Cuts Weight On New BMW M5

BMW is showing extended use of its carbon fiber roof technology at this week’s Frankfurt Auto Show.  First introduced on the E92 M3, the carbon fiber roof is [..]

Automotive, Carbon Composites, Europe

Unique Micro Molder Makes Internal Threads

Successful micro molding machines are highly customized. Some players such as Accumold build their own machines to meet demands of specific molds. A relatively new German micro molder [..]

Automation/Robots, Electronics, Europe, Medical, Micro Molding, Molds & Moldmaking ,

Highly Integrated Thermoplastic Composite System Debuts In Automotive

The first major production applications of Engel’s thermoplastic fabric technology (called organomelt) in the automotive industry will be launched soon. Engel did not disclose the applications or customers [..]

Automation/Robotics, Automation/Robots, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Europe, Injection Molding, Insert Molding, Reinforcing Material ,

KraussMaffei System Doubles Pultrusion Speed

The staid process of pultrusion is getting a substantial facelift with a new approach from KraussMaffei that includes aspects of injection molding. Traditional pultrusion is a form of [..]

Automotive, Construction, Europe, Industrial, Polyamides, Reinforcing Material

BMW Invention Boosts Efficiency of Composite Molding

BMW is developing a roll-fed technology to produce thermoplastic composite parts that reduces costs and improves efficiencies. In the new system, a roll of glass or carbon fiber mat is [..]

Automation/Robotics, Automotive, Carbon Composites, Europe, Insert Molding, Reinforcing Material , ,

Chrome Auto Plating Gains Despite Challenges

A dozen European companies are eyeing increased opportunity to plate injection molded plastic parts as car makers, particularly in Europe and Asia, are stepping up efforts to reduce [..]

ABS, Automotive, Europe, Foam molding, Injection Molding, Molds & Moldmaking, Polyamides, Polycarbonate ,

Lego Tests Bricks Made From Wheat Bioplastic

Lego, which uses more than 70,000 metric tons of plastics per year, says it is making progress toward its goal of using only sustainably sourced molding materials. More [..]

ABS, Bioplastics, Consumer Goods, Europe, Injection Molding ,

Sales Rise As SHI Demag Introduces New Line

Sales of injection molding machines at Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery are rising, but still lag the sales of Demag alone in 2007 before its acquisition by Sumitomo. [..]

Europe, Injection Molding, Packaging ,

Metal Molding Makes Play For Smartphone Covers

Add powder injection molding (PIM) to the list of candidate processes for making smart phone covers stronger and less expensive. Machine builder Arburg and chemicals’ giant BASF formed [..]

Automation/Robotics, Design, Electronics, Europe, Metal Injection Molding, Metal Injection Molding (MIM) , ,

What Can Gene Editing Do For Plastics?

Will industrial microbiologists become more important in the development of plastics than petroleum engineers and geologists? Maybe. And it may not be all that far off. There are [..]

Bioplastics, Europe, North America , ,