PIM also shared the spotlight at two recently held plastics trade expositions in Asia. At IPF’99 in Japan, injection molding machine OEM Sumitomo subtly clued in attendees to its wholly owned custom molding MIM division, Sumijyu Techno Center Ltd., which is located near Yokohama, Japan. It makes its own cores and cavities and uses Sumitomo’s latest press technology, like its all-electric molding machines, to run them.
Over at TaipeiPlas’99 in Taipei, Taiwan the following week, Arburg introduced showgoers in China to its capability of supplying equipment to the global PIM marketplace. Arburg’s regional rep had a number of MIM and CIM parts on show that were molded by its customers, including some from the Gerhard Kläger company of Dornstetten, Germany, featured in a separate article.