RocTool, Flextronics sign production license agreement

Electronics manufacturing giant Flextronics has signed a 5-year agreement to license RocTool's Cage System and 3iTech heating and cooling technologies at Flextronics' plant in Zhuhai, China.

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Composites injection heating and cooling equipment specialist RocTool (Le Bourget du Lac, France) announced on Oct. 27 a 5-year license agreement with electronics manufacturer Flextronics for the manufacture of various electronic parts, such as electronic tablets, e-book readers, gaming and other electronic accessories.

RocTool’s two flagship technologies, Cage System and 3iTech are both included in this license. The technologies developed by RocTool allow molding of standard and also technical materials from low to very high temperatures. It is also possible to produce parts resulting in perfect surface quality with no painting required, or to inject very technical materials of high fiber content and low thickness.

Flextronics integrated the RocTool technologies into its factories in Zhuhai, China. Matt Boulanger, RocTool’s business development director, states, “Flextronics is one of the leaders of plastics molding in the electronic industry, they have the capacity to produce parts in mass production and already use Heat & Cool technology. Our aim is to continue working together in this direction, with faster cycle times and definitely higher temperatures in order to be able to present to their customers the innovative way they can mold using highly technical materials.”

Gerhard Zebe, Flextronics’s VP Global Operation South China Mechanical, says, ”Flextronics is using the Heat & Cool technology in several projects that are in mass production and is continuing to investigate into further opportunities involving this technology. For some of the products already in mass production stage, Flextronics has been able to eliminate secondary processes like CNC machining by using this technology and has achieved much faster molding cycle times compared to conventional molding processes."