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Nifco UK, a producer of plastic car components, has released details of a new thermoplastic composite oil pan, which it developed together with DuPont as part of the Jaguar Land Rover Alive6 Project (which is funded by the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre). The new oil pan is produced

using a continuous glass fibre reinforced sheet that is moulded using a hybrid injection process that combines first forming the sheet before overmoulding with a conventional short glass- reinforced PA. The part is said to weigh 1 kg less than the steel equivalent. Alive6 was launched in 2015 with the aim of creating a

Jaguar LandRover’s latest Discovery Sport model

prototype engine incorporating many new and cutting-edge technologies. Multiple companies were involved across the supply chain, with nine separate work packages, and around £20m has been invested in it to date.

Nifco worked closely with

DuPont, which supplied the PA material from its Vizilon brand range, to adjust the design and optimise the process to realise the cycle time requirements of the mass series production. ❙

Borealis acquires recycler MTM

Polyolefins specialist Borealis has agreed to acquire MTM Plastics and MTM Compact, subject to regulatory approval. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Based at Niedergebra, Germany, MTM is described as a technology leader in the recycling of mixed post-consumer plastic waste and one

of Europe’s largest producers of post-consumer polyolefin recyclates. Borealis said that the buy “reflects our proactive and dedicated ‘keep discovering’ approach to provide specific and innovative solutions in tackling core global challenges”. ❙

buy Phillips- Medisize

Molex, a supplier of electronic, electric and fibre optic systems, plans to acquire Phillips-Medisize from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital. The deal is expected to complete in the autumn. Terms were not disclosed. Phillips-Medisize supplies the medical device and diagnostics, drug delivery, and primary pharmaceutical packaging markets. It has around 4,300 employees at 17 production locations in the US, Europe, Mexico and China, with annual sales of over $700m. More than half of this came from injection moulding in North America, putting it in the top 20 injection moulders in the region. The company will

operate as an indirect subsidiary of Molex. ❙

Wittmann Battenfeld goes clean in the US

Wittmann Battenfeld has added a demonstration clean room at its US headquarters in Torrington, Connecticut, US, that will be used to demonstrate its electric and micro-moulding machines to customers in the medical moulding arena. The 62.4 m2

room will house two Wittmann Battenfeld moulding machines, a special clean room edition of an

all-electric EcoPower SE 110/350 and a MicroPower 15/10 micromoulding unit. Both have no hydraulic components and any parts with lubrication are completely contained. The MicroPower can be supplied with a clean room module

to make it a self-contained clean room and has a closing cover with a clean room filter and blower placed on its guarding, so

An all-electric EcoPower machine features in Wittmann Battenfeld’s new US clean moulding area

as to provide Class 6 clean air to ISO 14644-1 standards. ❙

September 2016 | INJECTION WORLD 5

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