Continuous fibre reinforced, functional plastic components with high load carrying capacities offer tremendous lightweight-design potential for the automotive and aviation industries, as well as numerous other sectors.

High Strength with 25% Less Weight

There is a good reason for increasing demand for plastic components with continuous fibre reinforcement: they offer high mechanical strength with up to 25% less weight than metal components. As a result, the economical production of such parts is the focus of a diverse range of research projects.

Whereas FFRP components with a thermoplastic matrix are already industrially manufactured and utilised, developers are currently involved with injection moulding processes for continuous fibre reinforced, lightweight components with a thermosetting matrix.

Due to their greater resistance to cold, as well as their greater mechanical and thermal load capacities, thermosetting plastics or superior to thermoplastics in some applications.

Injection Moulding Permits Extensive Component Complexity

The propensity to invest in new machines and systems remains high, which is making itself apparent in the unbroken interest in manufacturing components and peripherals in the plastics sector.

The injection moulders with their flexible options and ever more efficient processes are clearly in the majority as compared with 3D printing, foaming, extruding and thermoforming.

“There’s no getting around injection moulding if you want to combine lightweight design and highly complex components”, states Fakuma project manager Annemarie Schur.

Fakuma sees itself as the number one technical event for injection moulding. Numerous technology leaders in this sector showcase at this world-class trade fair in Friedrichshafen.

For years Schur has been observing an upward trend in the number of innovation drivers, users and experts from this field of technology who are showing up at the fair.

The trade fair is continuously growing in international recognition, and numerous exhibitors take advantage to unveil their new products to a broad-based audience for the first time.

Solutions for the production of rugged, lightweight components were presented at the Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing in Friedrichshafen, Germany from the 16th through the 20th of October, 2018.

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