Germany-based Dieffenbacher has announced that in October it signed a deal with China's Kangde Composite for two fully automated HP-RTM (high-pressure resin transfer molding process) cells to make carbon-fiber-reinforced parts for the automotive industry.
Dieffenbacher states that both lines are equipped with a preform destacking station, cooling racks and a discharge conveyor, as well as loading, unloading and cleaning robots with the associated gripper change stations. The main part of delivery are two DCL upstroke presses with pressing forces of 3,600 and 2,500 metric tons.
Kangde Composite's parent company the Beijing Kangde Investment Group, is the largest Chinese manufacturer of laminating films, and aims to manufacture state-of-the-art lightweight components made from carbon. Dieffenbacher highlights that the Chinese government wants to put 5 million electric cars on the streets by 2020.
In April, the company also received an order from Chinese-American joint venture CSP Victall for a production line for the manufacture of long-fiber-reinforced plastic components.