Huf acquires extended gas injection licenses

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VELBERT, GERMANY (Jan. 12, 1:45 p.m. ET) — Major German automotive injection molder Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG has acquired extended licenses for assisted molding from Maximator GmbH and Cinpres Gas Injection Ltd.

Huf, which operates in 14 countries, makes key systems, lock sets, steering locks and remote control systems and has been a long-term holder of Melea Ltd. icenses.

The remaining licenses of Melea were acquired by Cinpres when Melea was liquidated in 2010 after losing a long running legal dispute with Cinpres. Huf has now bought licenses to use a package of technologies from Cinpres and Maximator, which formed a partnership in 2010.

The licenses will cover all remaining Melea technologies plus Cinpres’ PEP overspill and other technologies. Huf uses PEP in particular in the manufacture of door handles.

Henning Willig, managing director of Maximator, said: “This is a good example of the customer benefits which stem from the agreement between Cinpres and Maximator. This customer has Maximator machinery but [now also has] access to the complete range of plastic injection technologies from both Maximator and Cinpres – essentially, anything which is possible by gas injection can be achieved by Huf.”

Michael Supe, director of process technology at Huf, said: “We are a company which takes pride in bringing innovation to the market and having a complete suite of Maximator and Cinpres licenses significantly enhances our ability to do that.”