Wittmann Battenfeld arrived at Chinaplas with new products and the largest booth in the history of the firm's participation in the show.
The booth let Wittmann Battenfeld showcase its Indumold process alongside a low-clearance robotic arm newly released in the Chinese market. Many of the its current China projects are with local companies, said Shanghai-based sales director Nils Steinau.
Indumold, which debuted at the Guangzhou show, allows the inductive heating of injection molding tools and offers molded parts with high surface quality. An induction heater, built into the mold, works to heat the cavity surface to about 160° C within a few seconds. The process helps eliminate joint lines and sink marks and gives a glossy shine.
Also, the firm's new line of low-clearance robots with telescopic vertical axis is geared to Asia. Stack molds are still in use here. In those systems, the ceiling can become an issue, Steinau said. The low-clearance robot helps molders fit into available space.
The firm is receiving inquiries, despite the downturn, and hopes the China market will grow for Wittman's auxiliary equipment and Battenfeld's injection presses, according to Steinau.