German automaker BMW AG placed a major order with KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH — nine resin transfer machines, and three MX injection molding machines with 4,000 metric tons of clamping force.
Munich-based KraussMaffei announced the sale Nov. 17 but did not give the dollar amount of BMW's investment.
BMW ordered nine high-pressure RTM machines for two factories in Germany: Landshut and Leipzig. KM also will provide post-mold finishing and material supply equipment.
The automaker will use the RTM machines to make components for the car interior and exterior, as well as for load-bearing structures.
The order reflects years of cooperation between the companies, said Frank Peters, managing director of KM's Reaction Process Machinery Division.
BMW also bought two 4,000-tonne MX injection presses. One will go to its plant in Wackersdorf to mold stable instrument panels, using structural foam molding, for the 1 Series and 3 Series cars. The process makes components with a compact outer skin and a foam structure inside. Two integrated industrial robots remove the parts and do assembly.
In Leipzig, two 4,000-tonne MX double-swivel platen machines will mold components with an outer skin and a thermoplastic substrate. The outer skin and substructure each will be molded separately, joined together as the two swivel plates rotate, then tightly connected with a third plastic component. KM is supplying two industrial robots for assembly and follow-up steps. The machine will have intelligent mold tempering with impulse control, for energy-efficient control of the mold's heat balance.