The new TechCenter is a state-of-the-art customer support facility designed to meet the demands of the company's automotive interior customers and of customers in other industries. Furthermore, it is the only one of its kind in North America. It is also a further milestone within the company's worldwide strategy of providing its customers with a full range of technologies, products and services from one company.In Europe, Frimo operates four fully equipped TechCenter facilities focused on special technologies while offering expertise and technical resources through the entire value chain. One of these (Lotte, Germany) has recently expanded and is the largest and most modern TechCenter in Europe. The company says, that with the possibility to offer all technologies for the manufacture of class-A interior surfaces, this new TechCenter is unique on the European market. Another facility is under construction in Shanghai."We are thrilled to announce this expansion and to offer our customers a one-stop-shop that features an ever-expanding range of interior prototype and production services," said Jeff Daily, president and CEO of Frimo Inc. "No other tooling and equipment supplier offers this breadth of services and technologies for its customers in one place in North America."Frimo customers in North America include Automotive Components Holdings,, BMW, Chrysler, CPK Interior Products, Daimler, Dräxlmaier, Faurecia, Ford, GM, General Electric, Honda, Hyundai, International Automotive Components,, Intertec, Inteva, Johnson Controls, Lear, Magna, Mahindra, Mayco International, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Polaris, Seton, Toyoda Boshoku, Toyota and Volkswagen among others.The TechCenter will provide tooling and production facilities for a complete range of processes used to develop interior products such as instrument panels, door trim, consoles, headliners, seats, headrests and more. Technologies on site will include rapid prototyping, polyurethane processing, thermoforming, laminating, edgefolding, right through to flexible trimming, scoring, punching, and joining/adhesive bonding of plastics.The new center hosts an array of specialized equipment, including a PUReLine polyurethane spray system as well as polyurethane rigid and semi-flexible foam-in-place metering equipment and tooling; FlexTrim router process equipment and fixturing; invisible air bag scoring equipment and fixturing; EcoForm and VarioForm thermoforming machinery and tooling; JoinLine infrared welding equipment and more. It also features two secure trial test bays for customers to run pre-production prototypes to ensure confidential, quick and trouble-free launchesThe TechCenter is managed by Lee Hodson, who recently joined FRIMO Inc. as Director of Advanced Development, and is staffed by 15 engineers, process technicians and customer support personnel. Grand opening of the TechCenter at Frimo Inc. in Wixom on October 7th
Frimo, Inc. plans on officially marking the opening of the center with a customer event at its headquarters, located at 50685 Century Court in Wixom, Mich., on October 7th 2010. The program will comprise of an opening ceremony as well as a plant tour, a broad range of technical presentations and live product demonstrations.