Trexel Inc. (Wilmington, MA), the developer of MuCell micro-cellular foaming technology, and GK Concept, a Dresden, Germany–based manufacturer of high-performance molds for injection molding of lightweight and structural plastic components, have announced a joint venture, 2Limit GmbH.
|Left to right: Brian Bechard, CEO & President, Trexel Inc.; Roman Hofer, General Manager of 2Limit; and Roger Kaufmann, CEO, GK Concept.|
Trexel and GK Concept will pool their know-how and intensify their cooperation in part design and tooling engineering for micro-cellular lightweight components. The JV will offer full-service engineering, supporting customers from an initial idea to a finished MuCell product. The company is offering a range of service packages to match customer requirements.
2Limit launched its operations focused on engineering for physically foamed thermoplastic components at the recent Fakuma 2017 trade show. 2Limit unites Trexel’s expertise in physical foaming, built up over many years, with GK Concept’s extensive know-how in materials, product design, tooling design and manufacture.
“Our customers can call on any or all of our five core competencies—part design, part redesign, injection molding simulation, tooling design and engineering and tool procurement,” explained Roman Hofer, 2Limit General Manager. “Alternatively customers can configure their own package of services. Our aim is to ensure that customers can exploit the potential of MuCell technology to the limit.”
The two companies have been collaborating since K 2016; their services can generate substantial added value for customers. “It’s important not to rely simply on foaming to deliver all the weight savings,” explained Roger Kaufmann, CEO of GK Concept. “Designing the part to make the most of the MuCell process can reduce weight by an additional 10 to 20% and, in the very best case, where the change profile of the part allows it, it’s possible to achieve an extra 30% weight reduction. Overall achieving 30 to 40% lighter components is possible.”