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Engel innovations win Johnson Controls recognition

Engel's Dolphin process for two-component injection molding, among other technologies, earned the company a 2011 European Supplier Leadership Award from Tier One automotive supplier Johnson Controls.

PlasticsToday Staff

November 29, 2011

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Engel innovations win Johnson Controls recognition

Engel's Dolphin process for two-component injection molding, among other technologies, earned the company a 2011 European Supplier Leadership Award from Tier One automotive supplier Johnson Controls. The Dolphin process, which is a technique for multiple layer foam part manufacturing, was cited as an example of innovative technology Engel has supplied to Johnson Controls, in addition to integrated system solutions featuring its molding and automation offerings.

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Engel Dolphin process

Top, automotive interior part made via Dolphin process, bottom, Bryan Gray (Johnson Controls), Rolf Saß (Engel Deutschland), Christian Pum (Engel Austria), Terry Nadeau (Johnson Controls) at the award presentation.

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Johnson Controls presents Engel with award

"Engel system solutions and technologies reduce the weight of our products, help us make big savings in production and significantly boost sustainability and efficiency," said Tobias Kickenweitz, purchasing manager (molds and systems) at Johnson Controls Automotive Experience.

Dolphin, which was initally launched by Engel at a 2006 in-house symposium, was shown to the industry at large by Johnson Controls at the 2007 IAA show in Frankfurt, as part of a feasibility study.

Kickenweitz said in a  release that the Dolphin two-component injection molding process enables Johnson Controls to mold parts with high-quality soft-touch surfaces in a single step. "High quality sandwich components can be produced very quickly and cost effectively in this way," Kickenweitz said.

Christian Pum, Sales Director at Engel Austria and Rolf Saß, Managing Director of Engel Germany in Hagen, accepted the award together from Bryan Gray and Terry Nadeau of Johnson Controls.

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