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Chinaplas 2015 showstoppers: Kautex

Undoubtedly the oldest machine on show at Chinaplas 2015 was a KB25 extrusion blowmolding machine from Kautex Maschinenbau dating back to 1984.

May 26, 2015

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Chinaplas 2015 showstoppers: Kautex

Originally built in Germany to mold industrial packaging, the unit had been retrofitted at the company’s Shunde plant in China with the latest controller, hydraulics, a 1.8-liter high-temperature accumulator head, and a low wear extruder, and, thereby, converted into a suction blowmolding machine for manufacturing automotive air duct components. The machine molds two ducts as one piece from a polyamide (PA) 6 grade supplied by EMS-Grivory, which is then cut apart to realize the final parts.

"Retrofitting in such a way enables a 20 to 30% cost saving over a brand-new machine,” says Dieter Rothe, Key Account Manager, BD Consumer Packaging, at Kautex. “The retrofit also included a drier for the polyamide, a preheater for the pellet feed throat to the extruder, and a temperature regulator for the mold,” added Rothe.

Pictured at Chinaplas 2015 recognizing their collaboration is Kautex Managing Partner Andreas Lichtenauer (left) presenting an award to EMS CEO Magdalena Martullo (center) and EMS Executive Vice President, Business Manager Automotive, Asia Pacific, Giovanni Menghini (right) for development of the EB50H grade for the air duct.

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