Engel and Fill to work together on future composites development

EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

Published: June 20, 2014 9:53 am ET
Updated: June 20, 2014 9:57 am ET

Image By: Engel Holding GmbH Engel Holding GmbH said its partnership with Fill GmbH will help bring new composites production to market faster.

Related to this story

Topics Automotive, Injection Molding, Machinery
Companies & Associations Engel Holding GmbH

Injection molding technology group Engel Holding GmbH has signed a partnership agreement with fiber preform machinery group Fill GmbH to cooperate on composites manufacturing.

The two companies, both based in the Upper Austrian region, will work together to produce “turnkey solutions for the industrial manufacturing of fiber-reinforced plastic components,” they said in a news release.

“The aim of our partnership is to meet the demands of the market even more effectively and drive the industrialization of composite processes forward even faster,” said Franz Füreder, vice president of Engel Austria’s automotive business unit. “We are delighted that in Fill we have found a partner whose technologies are also the world's best and who, like Engel, prioritizes research and development."

Fill, based in Gurten, Austria, makes a wide range of machinery, including metal machining and polyurethane processing equipment. For the automotive sector, it has developed resin transfer molding (RTM) technology as well as its Preformliner technology which converts two-dimensional fiber textiles into three dimensional forms. BMW AG uses Preformliner and high pressure RTM equipment from Fill in producing carbon fiber-reinforced plastic components for its BMW i3 and i8 cars.

Engel indicated the key role that fiber-reinforced plastics (FRP) is playing in development of automotive lightweight construction. “At the moment, the biggest challenge is developing economic processes for the mass production of innovative composite parts,” it said.

Injection molding could be a means to achieving lower process costs, and Schwertberg-based Engel said its system and automation expertise will now be enhanced by Fill’s expertise in the area of preform manufacturing and processing.

“Interdisciplinary competence is absolutely essential if an FRP project is to be successful,” Füreder said. “It's only when the materials, designing and process steps are all coordinated with each other perfectly that the productivity and cost efficiency levels required in the automotive industry can be achieved.”

Engel has been involved in collaborative work with partner companies, universities and other research institutes in the field of automotive lightweight construction for a number of years. In 2012 it set up its own technology centre for lightweight composites at its large-scale machine factory in St. Valentin, Austria.

“It was this that prompted the partnership with Fill as well,” Engel officials said. “The two partners have already completed their first projects for international automotive groups successfully.”


Comments

Engel and Fill to work together on future composites development

EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

Published: June 20, 2014 9:53 am ET
Updated: June 20, 2014 9:57 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Toyota says Mirai fuel cell sedan represents a 'new start' for the carmaker

March 2, 2015 11:55 am ET

Toyota Motor Corp.'s most advanced vehicle, a car that runs on hydrogen and emits only water, has had an ironically low-tech birth and has an equally ...    More

Image

West Coast ports dispute impacts machinery imports

February 27, 2015 5:00 pm ET

Asian machinery companies got caught in the West Coast ports labor dispute — causing some headaches to get equipment ready for NPE 2015.    More

Image

Wittmann, Illig among machinery firms boosting investments in India

February 27, 2015 1:34 pm ET

GANDHINAGAR, INDIA — Expected growth in the Indian plastics market is leading several global machinery firms to make investments there,...    More

Image

German molder picks North Carolina for US manufacturing plant

February 26, 2015 4:21 pm ET

UPDATED — German medical goods company Raumedic AG has chosen Mills River, N.C., for its first U.S. manufacturing site and U.S. headquarters.    More

Image

Plastic Omnium makes China investment push

February 26, 2015 4:35 pm ET

Three of the six new plants that automotive molder Plastic Omnium SA plans this year will be in China, part of a broader push it’s making in Asi...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events