With the changes in global consumer behavior, climate change, and electromobility, the automobile industry has significant challenges to overcome in the next few years. To provide improved support in coping with these toughening challenges to customers in the automotive industry in future, ENGEL AUSTRIA has founded a technology center for lightweight composites at its St. Valentin large-scale machine production facility.
Lightweight construction and injection molding have long since been key concepts for meeting the increasing demands of the transport and mobility sectors. Due to their excellent specific characteristics as lightweight materials, plastics are absolutely indispensable, and injection molding supports both a high degree of component design freedom and reproducible, functionally-integrative, cost- and resource friendly production. ENGEL continually invests in the future market of lightweight construction and has already defined an important milestone with the ENGEL organomelt process for manufacturing composite fiber components in a single process step, as well as introducing new concepts for in-situ polymerization.
“Our goal with this lightweight construction centre is to intensify cooperation on developing composite fibre technologies with our partners,” emphasizes Peter Egger, Head of the Technology Center for Lightweight Composites with ENGEL in St. Valentin. “The focus is on creating highly-integrated and automated system solutions that guarantee our customers a high degree of efficiency and cost-effectiveness in the production of innovative composite fiber components, thus securing a competitive advantage.”
For many years, ENGEL has been collaborating closely with research institutes and business partners in the field of lightweight construction. The foundation of the technology center will serve to extend this network. “The precondition for successful lightweight construction concepts is optimum meshing of the material, the design and the production process. This makes close collaboration with partners along the value added chain particularly important for this future-defining topic,” says Egger.
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