Plastivaloire, Roctool to produce composite parts for automotive and aerospace

Today, Plastivaloire has more than a dozen RocTool systems in production and recently acquired the latest RocTool system which heats many zones in the mold.

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Plastivaloire (Langeais, France) and RocTool Inc. (Le Bourget du Lac, France) are collaborating in the manufacturing of thermoplastic composite parts for automotive and aeronautical markets.

“Our aim is to turn to technologies that allow us to significantly reduce the cycle times in the production of composite parts while mastering the quality and the production costs, for structural parts as well as decorative parts,” says Dominique Manceau, director of innovation for Plastivaloire Group.

Plastivaloire has been using RocTool technology for the past five years in successful production, within the automotive industry for several major manufacturers making plastic injected, decorative interior car parts, such as various “high gloss” bezels which can be found in Peugeot 208.

Today, Plastivaloire has more than a dozen RocTool systems in production and recently acquired the latest RocTool system which heats many zones in the mold. Over the years, PVL has obtained expertise and experience in the usage of this technology and has produced parts for consumer goods, electronics, aeronautical and automotive markets.

“With Plastivaloire, we naturally started with plastic injection to deal with the problems associated with surface appearance on the parts. It is therefore obvious that we would continue with PVL in the composite market where there is a large potential, predominantly in automotive where lightweight needs are in high demand, along with the use of high performance materials being molded at very high temperatures,” says Mathieu Boulanger, RocTool’s CEO.

Plastivaloire also uses RocTool technology at its innovative platform in Langeais, France, launched in January 2011, dedicated to the development of new applications.