Injection overmolding for thermoplastics composites in automotive

CompositesWorld's Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive conference to explore the overmolding of plastic on carbon fiber inserts via induction heating.

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CompositesWorld, publisher of High-Performance Composites and Composites Technology magazines, as well as the CompositesWorld Weekly newsletter, is working with sister publication Plastics Technology magazine to present a new conference, Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive, to be co-located with the Amerimold trade show, June 10-11, 2014, in Novi, Mich., USA.

The program will consist of presentations from materials and equipment suppliers, and features presentations on advanced composites technologies that offer carmakers more opportunities to lightweight vehicles while maintaining (if not improving) performance.

CompositesWorld is firming up the agenda for the conference and notes that one of the featured speakers will be Mathieu Boulanger, business development manager at Roctool (Charlotte, N.C., USA). Boulanger's presentation, "Overmolding plastic on CFRP molded inserts: Induction heating makes it possible," will explore advanced heating and cooling for high-speed production of carbon fiber composites that feature good surface quality.

Other confirmed speaker companies to date include:

  • Aonix
  • BASF
  • Celanese
  • KraussMaffei
  • Fibrtec
  • Arburg
  • Chrysler/SRT
  • TenCate Performance Composites
  • Kistler Group

The Novi location is strong for automotive. The Amerimold show has historically pulled in strong numbers among companies that identify themselves primarily as injection molders, regardless of location. Now, for the first time in the history of the show, these attendees will have access to a conference program—situated alongside the Amerimold program for moldmakers—that will get them up to date on the latest advances in manufacturing technologies that impact their business. It will also expose this audience to advances in composites fabrication technologies that may become part of their processing operation in the future. For companies in composites and looking for an entrée into automotive, this event will have a two-pronged effect of exposing them to new technologies in their field, and to injection molders that already are part of the automotive supply chain.

For more about the conference, show and registration, visit Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive.