New stainless steel metal injection molding grades allow metal parts to be manufactured at lower cost but with the same high quality and performance according to their supplier BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany).
Thanks to a new formulation, BASF has improved efficiency in the production process. "We're passing on this economy of scale to our customers," says Matthias Pfeiffer, who is responsible for global Business Management for Catamold. "Thanks to the lower feedstock costs, our customers will be able to exploit new markets and be more competitive in the face of competing technologies."
The new products, Catamold 17-4PH K and Catamold 316L K, are available globally, even for industrial-scale projects, and technical support is offered in all regions by an expert team. As announced in December 2012, a new Catamold plant will go into operation in Kuanyin, Taiwan in the second half of 2013. A few months ago, the Technical Service Lab for Catamold in Ludwigshafen, Germany was joined by another application technology lab in Shanghai, China. "These investments reflect our commitment to driving growth in the metal injection molding industry," says Stefan Koser, Vice President Metal Systems at BASF.