Novel injection molding process from Mecaplast could cut car part weights in half


Leading automotive plastics component supplier Mecaplast (Monaco) believes it can cut the weight of interior and exterior trim parts by between 30% and 50% by using a newly patented injection molding processing technology in combination with novel polypropylene compounds.

Mecaplast is about to embark on a French government-sponsored project called Plume (French for "feather") to industrialize the process, which relies on a combination of moving mold cores, a chemical blowing agent, and lightweight reinforcing fillers. The project starts in September, and will run for two years. It will have a total budget of €2.4 million ($3 million).
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