Brose Fahrzeugteile GmbH & Co. KG is poised to produce a composite vehicle door-module carrier using new Husky equipment.
Brose will produce the carrier - basically the skeleton of a car door, housing components such as the lock, window guide and speakers - using an in-line compounding system based on a new, 1,650-metric-ton Quadloc press from Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. of Bolton, Ontario.
Brose of Coburg, Germany, invested more than 3 million euros ($4.4 million) to acquire and install the production technology at its newly centralized door systems plant in Hallstadt, Germany.
Brose expanded the plant's infrastructure to accommodate the equipment, installing a crane to handle molds that can weigh more than 66,000 pounds.
The integration of its large window regulator and door systems divisions at Hallstadt means Brose is responsible for complete door development, said site manager Matthias Drewniok.
``The decision to produce the plastic carriers for our door systems ourselves and to increase the in-company levels of manufacturing was a logical step in this integration system,'' he said.
Brose products are used in more than 40 automotive brands.
Some auto part suppliers are switching to composite carriers over conventional steel modules. Benefits include the ability to design materials with the most suitable properties and least cost, lighter parts for fuel efficiency and the consolidation of many parts into one, Husky said.
Husky focuses on ``niche technology solutions'' aimed at the automotive sector, such as in-line compounding.
Most composite door module carriers are made with pre-compounded pellets on a standard injection press. But Husky's in-line compounding system cuts material costs, while boosting material strength and improving part performance, according to Karl-Heinz Hoefert, Husky's automotive business manager.