KraussMaffei, the Germany-based manufacturer of injection molding machines, will present its all-electric AX series of injection molding machines featuring CellForm technology for physical foaming at the FIP Fair in Lyon, France from June 17 - 20, 2014. According to the company, it will be the first live demonstration of this machine-and-process combination in France.
KraussMaffei says that it is using the FIP show this year to show French plastics manufacturers how to remain competitive, despite the current economic malaise still blanketing a large part of Europe. Many manufacturers, both in France and elsewhere, are facing pressure on profit margins due to rising raw material and energy prices on the one hand and weak demand for plastic products on the other. This holds particularly true for manufacturers of technical parts and suppliers to the sluggish local automotive industry. However, the demand for plastic packaging has recently dropped, as has the production of semi finished goods and building products.