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Application of copper alloys in manufacturing injection moulds for plastics

Objective



The increasing use of plastics by equipment manufacturers demands increased dimensional precision. Cost cutting is high on the agenda of EU manufacturers who face unremitting global competition. The OEMs are shifting more and more responsibility down the supply chain requiring plastic moulders to contribute to cost reduction efforts. The objective of this project is to develop cost effective Copper Alloy mould tooling that will enable the EU plastics industry to maintain and extend its competitive position in global markets. This objective will be achieved through the development of:
Thermally Superior Copper Alloy Mould Tooling
Rapid tooling techniques to shorten product lead time
Technology that will secure Europe's market position in the face of aggressive penetration by industrialising nations The RTD goals to achieve this result:
reduction in injection moulding cycle times
capability of producing moulding tools that facilitate rapid uniform cooling without detriment to part quality
reduced tooling lead times for fast to market availability The economic and social benefits are increased prosperity for EU industry which will make an important contribution to safeguarding the employment of more than one million people in the plastics processing sector.

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

LGG Charlesworth Ltd.
Address
Spring Lane
WR14 1BS Malvern
United Kingdom

Participants (16)

3D Systems Inc. Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Mark Road
HP2 7DW Hemel Hempstead
Ampco Metal SA
Switzerland
Address
9,Route De Chesalles
1723 Marly
Atlanta Plastics Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Units 4&5 Llantarrnam Industrial Park
NP44 3AX Cwmbran
Britax Vega Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Kingswood Road
WR9 0QH Droitwich
Centre Tecnologico da Industria de Moldes e Ferramentas Especiais
Portugal
Address

2431 Marinha Grande
European Copper Institute
United Kingdom
Address
Hill Avenue
HP6 5BW Amersham
Merverken Tool AB
Sweden
Address
3,Lassanavagen
695 22 Laxaa
Midago Plastics Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Southern Avenue Industrial Estate
HR6 0QF Leominster
Moldoplastico SA - Moldes Para a Industria de Plasticos
Portugal
Address
Barrocas
3721 Oliveira De Azemeis
Planimolde Lda.
Portugal
Address
Rua De Lamarao Pedrulheira
2431 Marinha Grande
Plimat - Plasticos Industriais SA
Portugal
Address

2431 Marinha Grande
Somoltec - Industria Tecnica de Moldes para Plasticos Lda.
Portugal
Address
Estrada Da Nazaré
2432 Marinha Grande
Stellana AB
Sweden
Address

695 22 Laxaa
Technicast Mouls Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address

WD2 4JL Watford
Tritech Precision Products Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Bridge Road Nord
LL13 9PS Wrexham
Westley Brothers PLC
United Kingdom
Address
Doulton Road
B64 5QS Cadley Hearth