In an agreement between German injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg and Trexel, the licenser of the MuCell process, Arburg's customers now can purchase a turnkey injection molding system including the MuCell processing hardware directly from the molding machine maker, without the need to acquire a separate license or pay extra license fees.
Trexel executed a similar reselling agreement with plastics processing machinery manufacturer KraussMaffei last year. According to Trexel (Woburn, MA), the reseller agreement has helped accelerate the use of the technology by plastics processors, especially among ones serving the automotive, packaging, electronics and appliance industries.
Under terms of the new agreement, Trexel will provide Arburg with supercritical foam (SCF) gas dosing hardware for those customers who opt to have a MuCell-enabled press. The rights to use Trexel's patent portfolio are automatically transferred with purchase of MuCell hardware; this applies to all Trexel hardware purchases, regardless if bought through Arburg or directly from Trexel. "Arburg was an early adopter of the MuCell process, and our company has been a Trexel licensee since 2001," said Herbert Kraibühler, managing director technology & engineering at Trexel. "Arburg offers a strong applications engineering group, and we're used to bringing technology solutions to our customers. Our global sales organization will promote and sell turnkey MuCell injection molding systems." ...