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news VW picks diesel eco-option

VW Group has selected bio-based EcoPaxx PA4,10 from DSM to manufacture the complex crankshaft cover for a new generation of diesel engines for its VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda brands. Manufactured by German

automotive components group KACO, the injection moulded covers incorporate PTFE and LSR sealing elements plus a number of metal inserts. The automated production

system developed by KACO involves overmoulding the part onto the first PTFE seal followed by injection of the LSR seal in a second moulding stage. The new process is said to cut the system cost and weight

of the component compared to its aluminium predecessor. “The part comes out of the injection moulding cell ready to be assembled onto the engine block. No trimming is necessary at all,” said KACO

head of project management Andreas Genesius. DSM’s EcoPaxx PA4,10 is

70% derived from renewable sources and is certified 100% carbon neutral. ❙

SHI Demag expands in China

Injection machinery maker Sumitomo SHI Demag is investing around €7m in an expansion of its Demag Plastics Machinery (Ningbo) manufacturing subsidiary at Ningbo in China. The 11,000m2

machines from the company’s Systec C range in sizes from 50 to 1,000 tonnes. The new invest- ment will lift the capacity of the unit from around 650 to 1,000 injection moulding machines a year. According to Sumitomo Demag, the expan- sion will allow the Ningbo plant to extend its

Ningbo plant currently produces

production range in the future to include other models from the company’s line-up. It will also see the operation export more machines - it currently exports around 25% of its production to other countries in south east Asia, as well as to the Middle East and Latin America. Demag Plastics Machinery has been

manufacturing injection moulding machines at Ningbo since 1998, moving to its current premises in 2007. ❙

PA6,6 shortages at BASF

A failure in one of BASF’s main PA6,6 polymer production units at Ludwigshafen in Germany last month forced the company to impose force majeure on PA6,6 resin and compound customers. The company was forced

to close the plant following a “massive leak” from a high pressure section. This month, a spokes-

person for the company said it was not considered likely that the affected plant will be back in production before the second half of September, with normal production and delivery of resin and compounds not likely to resume until the fourth quarter. The interruption came

less than two weeks after the company announced plans to add 100,000 tonnes of PA capacity at its polymerisation plant at Shanghai in China. That new capacity is due on line in 2015. ❙

Nolato invests in Beijing medical operation

Nolato announced plans to further expand its medical moulding operations at Beijing in China, adding new produc- tion floorspace and cleanroom capacity. The investment will provide a further 2,200m2

of produc- tion space. It will include

around 30 injection moulding machines and an 800m2


8 clean room and will enable the company to meet reported growing demand from customers. “China is the fastest

growing market for pharma- ceuticals and medical devices,

which means that more and more of our customers are discussing expanded produc- tion in China for the Asian market,” said Christer Wahlquist, president of the company’s Nolato Medical business area. Nolato’s medical business

unit saw sales grow by 3% in the second quarter of this year to reach SEK323m (€37m). Medical accounted for just under 30% of Nolato’s total sales of SEK3.8bn (€436m) last year, according to the com- pany. ❙

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