WAIDHOFEN, AUSTRIA (Oct. 3, 1:45 p.m. ET) — At KTW Group's 2011 symposium earlier this year, Procter & Gamble Co.'s Jean-Louis Coiquaud presented the company's wish list in the world of molds.
Coiquaud, a senior purchasing manager for injection molding and direct mold sourcing at P&G, spoke of a “shifting world” and said there are demands to be met in terms of innovation, sustainability and speed to market.
Molds should be reliable, require low maintenance time and cost and be flexible, as well as having the capacity for fast scaling up and down in line with growth patterns, he said. Users should be able to follow trends without investing in a new set of tools, and tools should be simple and run anywhere on small and non-dedicated injection molding machines.
This should provide the right balance between competitiveness and risk. As P&G requires fast time-to-market for its products, 8-10 weeks mold delivery time is a critical factor here, “as unfortunately, injection molds are often the constraining lead time item in a new project” said Coiquaud. And materials should be sustainable, he added.
Product innovation means moldings take on more functions and although two- and three-component molding allows for more functions, this also leads to challenges in handling increased product “beautification”.
And there should be cost innovation too, Coiquaud suggested, both in terms of reduced material use and as a “sweet spot” arising from performance, capital investment and maintenance of the molding process.
In terms of sustainability, material savings can be achieved by “doing more with less” by using fillers and “engineered design”. Coiquaud ended by saying that both bio based materials from renewable resources and recyclable plastics contribute to enhanced sustainability.
Waidhofen-based KTW is a subsidiary of Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.