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Krauss-Maffei continues expansion of its RIM assets

July 27, 2006

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Krauss-Maffei continues expansion of its RIM assets

Krauss-Maffei Plastics Technology announced plans for a new Polyurethane Technology and Prototyping Center to open in 2006 in Detroit, MI. This continues recent news from the firm indicating that its reaction injection molding (RIM) division is seeing solid demand growth.

In a press conference in June, Josef Märtl, chairman of the manufacturer''s board of management, announced that RIM equipment orders in the first half of 2006 were up 6.1% to €48.5 million. With two acquisitions in Germany last year, the company has expanded its RIM offerings to include molds, punching tools, and everything PUR processors require except the material.

The Krauss-Maffei Detroit Competence Center (DCC) will serve as a technology, prototyping, and machinery showcase facility for three primary processes: polyurethane reaction processing, computer-numeric-controlled (CNC) mold production, and injection molding. The development center will address both automotive and nonautomotive applications.

The polyurethane reaction processing group will develop technologies for applications such as seating foam and skins for automotive and nonautomotive applications such as insulation applications for the refrigeration and building markets. Beginning in 2007, the CNC moldmaking operation will produce steel and aluminum molds for both large parts, such as instrument panels and exterior body panels, as well as small molds for various applications. Injection molding will validate customer tooling, run limited-production trials, and provide customer training. The new Competence Center, located at 29615 Hudson Dr. in Novi, MI, will host an Open House in the early Fall of 2006.

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