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Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Wins SPE Automotive Innovation Award in the Chassis/Hardware Category

Asahi Kasei Plastics North America Wins SPE Automotive Innovation Award in the Chassis/Hardware Category

High Strength Self Tapping Composite Nut (Source: @Asahi Kasei)

Düsseldorf, November 27, 2018 – The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has awarded the global plastics compounder Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc. (APNA) with the SPE Automotive Innovation Award „Most Innovative Use of Plastics“ in the category „Chassis/Hardware“. The prize honors the „High Strength Self-Tapping Composite Nut“ which was developed jointly with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and ITW Deltar Fasteners. The SPE Automotive Division awarded the prize at the 48th annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala held on November 7, 2018 in Livonia, Michigan/USA.

The award-winning composite nut, which is used in the automotive industry and created with Asahi Kasei“s engineered material „Leona™ 90G55 PA66“, was identified as top in the Chassis/Hardware category because it has underlined significant benefits compared to the alternative metal or polymer nuts that currently exist in the market. In this regard, it has – unlike the metal nut that this composite nut replaces – self-healing properties enabling it to maintain sufficient torque and clamp load even after it has been stripped. Additionally, Asahi Kasei“s innovation offers a weight reduction of about one kilo, reduced CO2 footprint and over $9.00 dollars in cost savings per vehicle produced.

„At Asahi Kasei, we always strive to increase the value of our customers‘ applications,“ said Rob Linker, Sales Account Manager. „Whether it is large components like a Thermylene® PP cargo box for trucks or small ones like the composite nut Leona™ 66+6i – we offer engineering at the highest level“.

This is the fourth SPE Award APNA has received in the last seven years, including the cargo box for the „Dodge Ram Truck“ in the „Body Exterior“ category in 2011 and two more products in the „Materials“ category in 2012 and 2013.

„It is great to be in the winning circle at SPE again“ said Ramesh Iyer, President of APNA. „This award confirms Asahi Kasei’s corporate guidelines such as creativity and ambition, it motivates us to continue providing innovative plastics and services to our customers.“

The SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Program was launched in 1970 and is considered one of the most prestigious competitions of its kind in the automotive and plastics industries. With this internationally recognized and desirable award, the company honors innovative and pioneering plastics solutions from OEMs, suppliers and polymer manufacturers from all over the world.

Asahi Kasei Corporation is a globally active diversified technology company with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business. The Material division encompasses fibers & textiles, petrochemicals, performance polymers, performance materials, consumables, battery separators, and electronic devices. The Homes division provides housing and construction materials to the Japanese market. The Health Care division includes pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and acute critical care devices and systems. With approximately 34,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries.

Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Sebastian Schmidt
Am Seestern 4
40547 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 280 68 139
E-Mail: Sebastian.Schmidt@asahi-kasei.eu
Url: https://www.asahi-kasei.eu/

financial relations GmbH
Henning Küll
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
Phone: +49 (0) 6172 27159 12
E-Mail: h.kuell@financial-relations.de
Url: http://www.financial-relations.de

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Premium prize for Asahi Kasei – German Design Award for a fascinating glimpse of the automotive world of tomorrow

Premium prize for Asahi Kasei - German Design Award for a fascinating glimpse of the automotive world of tomorrow

AKXY Concept Car (Source: @Asahi Kasei)

Düsseldorf, November 08, 2018 – The German Design Council has honoured Asahi Kasei and its fully drivable electric vehicle AKXY™ with the German Design Award 2019 in the category ‚Special Mention‘. The predicate ‚Special Mention‘ acknowledges works with a design that offers particularly successful solutions and honors the commitment of companies and designers. Asahi Kasei received the award in the category ‚Excellent Product Design – Conceptional Transportation‘. The award ceremony will be held in Frankfurt on February 8, 2019.

The German Design Award sets international standards when it comes to innovative design developments. It exclusively honours projects that are pioneering in the German and international design landscape. This is ensured by an international jury, which gathers leading heads from all disciplines of design. Design experts justified their decision as follows: „The concept combines all relevant vehicle areas – exterior and interior – into a progressive design that convinces in form and function right down to the last detail and thus provides a fascinating glimpse of the automotive world of tomorrow“.

„AKXY™ perfectly combines organic curves with inorganic straight lines,“ explained Michitaka Udaka, Head of Automotive Marketing at Asahi Kasei, about the design philosophy. „I am delighted that this design, which embodies our ideal for the future of safety, comfort and environmental performance in the automobile, has received such prestigious recognition.

Moreover, futuristic design would not be a contradiction to harmony with the environment, Udaka further said, and it would also offer an invitation to feel good. Components people have direct contact with would be characterised by elegant shapes and soft and warm materials.

Since its debut in Japan in May 2017, AKXY™ has been exhibited at trade shows, roadshows and customer events worldwide. Wherever it appears, the „rolling competence center“ stimulates discussions with experts from the automotive industry about the future of the automobile and the solutions AKXY™ offers.

Hideki Tsutsumi, Managing Director of Asahi Kasei Europe, added: „In September 2018, AKXY™ delighted more than 200 customers and journalists at our Business Forum in Düsseldorf. I am proud of this pioneering vehicle and the achievements of our designers and engineers“.

Asahi Kasei will present AKXY™ for the first time at a European trade fair from November 13 to 16, 2019 at the world’s leading trade fair for electronics electronica in Munich (Hall B4 – Booth 516).

For further information on AKXY™ please visit: https://automotive-asahi-kasei.eu/.

About AKXY™
AKXY™ is a drivable electrically powered concept vehicle focused on vehicle safety, comfort and environmental performance. It contains 36 Asahi Kasei products and technologies, including driver recognition technology to support safe driving, fiber materials and a communication system to improve interior comfort, and high-performance polymers to reduce environmental impact. The name derives from Asahi Kasei X (multiplied by) You (the customer).

About the German Design Council
The German Design Award is awarded by the German Design Council, the German brand and design authority. Its mission from the highest level: To represent the German design scene. Founded in 1953 on the initiative of the German Bundestag, it supports the economy in consistently achieving added brand value through design. This makes the German Design Council one of the world’s leading competence centres for communication and brand management in the field of design. In addition to trade associations and institutions, the exclusive network of foundation members includes in particular the owners and brand managers of many well-known companies.

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business sectors. Asahi Kasei distributes its innovative technologies and unique materials on markets worldwide.
With more than 30,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Sebastian Schmidt
Am Seestern 4
40547 Düsseldorf
Phone: +49 (0)211 280 68 139
E-Mail: Sebastian.Schmidt@asahi-kasei.eu
Url: https://www.asahi-kasei.eu/

financial relations GmbH
Henning Küll
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
Phone: +49 (0) 6172 27159 12
E-Mail: h.kuell@financial-relations.de
Url: http://www.financial-relations.de

Science Research Technology

Walther Trowal: New Rotamat coater for small batches

Coating of mass-produced small parts: Effective coating of part batches from 2 to 15 l (0.5 to 4 gallons)

Walther Trowal: New Rotamat coater for small batches

The new Rotamat R 60 from Walther Trowal was developed for batches of up to 15 l (4 gallons)

At the PaintExpo 2018 Walther Trowal introduces the new Rotamat R 60 for coating mass-produced small parts. It allows the effective processing of small batches of, among others, metal parts with relatively high bulk weights. Even though specifically designed for small batches, the R 60 coater offers all the functional features of its larger „siblings“.

With the new Rotamat R 60 Walther Trowal is rounding off its equipment range for coating mass produced bulk parts down to very small batches. For the very first time it is now possible to effectively coat small part volumes of up to 15 liters (4 gallons).

With a drum diameter of only 600 mm (24″) this coater is ideally suited for processing small part batches like, for example, in the aerospace industry, where batch sizes rarely exceed 50 l (13 gallons). Of course, this also includes metallic work pieces with high bulk weights, which might get damaged in larger drums through the intensive part-on-part contact. These include spikes for snow tires, bullets and balancing weights.

Frank Siegel, the sales manager for „coating technologies“ at Walther Trowal can now offer the right machine for practically any coating application: „We have many customers who must coat small part batches but do not want to give up the high quality standard we achieve with our Rotamat models R 80 and R 90. With the new R 60 coater you can now effectively process small part batches without having to invest in a larger machine“.

The Walther Trowal R 60 Rotamat coater, introduced at the PaintExpo 2018 includes all the proven design features of the larger machines like the supply and exhaust air handling system, the explosion-proof LED lighting of the drum interior and the drum drive shaft mounting.

Technical details
Precise control of the supply air temperature

The temperature of the supply air is measured directly at the entry point into the drum. This is considerably more precise than the previous measuring point, where the sensor was placed at the exit of the heating unit. The result: A much more accurate control of the air temperature in the drum.

Eco-friendly operation

Like the larger models, the Rotamat R 60 incorporates a 4-stage exhaust air filtering system with a paper labyrinth filter, a filter mat and two bag filters.
Low energy consumption

Walther Trowal sized the heating unit to reflect the smaller drum diameter. This resulted in a considerably lower heat input. Depending on the physical properties of the work pieces the R 60 Rotamat can be equipped with a PID or step control of the heating unit. The result: The customers can now use coating materials, which cannot exceed or fall below certain temperatures.

Suitable for high solvent concentrations

The supply air volume in the new R 60 coater is measured with a Pitot tube. This allows the precise calculation of the solvent concentration and facilitates the certification of the machine for a high solvent throughput. This is very important for special applications like, for example, the coating of parts with an adhesion primer.

Walther Trowal at the PaintExpo 2018
17. to 20. April 2018 | Karlsruhe/Germany
Hall 2, Stand 2310

For 85 years Walther Trowal has been a pioneer and market leader in various surface treatment technologies. The company offers modular and custom engineered solutions for a wide range of surface treatment problems.

Initially only making vibratory finishing equipment, over the years Walther Trowal has continuously broadened its product range and today offers a wide portfolio of equipment and services for improving all kinds of surfaces, e.g. mass finishing, part cleaning, shot blasting and drying of a wide spectrum of work pieces, last but not least, the coating of mass produced small parts.

Walther Trowal offers not only various types of equipment but complete surface treatment systems: By linking the various equipment modules and automating the complete process, we are able to precisely adapt our process technologies to the technical requirements of our customers. This also includes various types of peripheral equipment and process water cleaning and recycling systems. Of course, we also offer comprehensive pre- and after-sale service like sample processing in one of our demonstration labs and global repair and maintenance service.

Walther Trowal serves many customers in many industries around the world. For example, in the automotive and aerospace industry, medical engineering and wind power generation.

Walther Trowal GmbH & Co.KG
Frank Siegel
Rheinische Str. 35-37
42781 Haan/Germany
Phone: +49 2129.571-0
Fax: +49 2129.571-225
E-Mail: info@walther-trowal.de
Url: http://www.walther-trowal.de

VIP Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen/Germany
Phone: +49.241.89468-24
Fax: +49.241.89468-44
E-Mail: reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
Url: http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Business Economy Finances

STÜKEN North America – 20 Years of Customer Satisfaction „Made in the USA“

STÜKEN North America - 20 Years of Customer Satisfaction "Made in the USA"

STÜKEN North America is celebrating its 20th anniversary. What in 1998 began as a spin-off of the German deep-drawing specialist has established itself as a valuable development partner for customers from all over the world.

For STÜKEN, the 1990s were a decade full of innovative product ideas for sophisticated deep-drawing technology – above all in the automotive industry. This industry developed new systems such as electronic brake systems, airbags or fuel injection systems to make driving safer and more economical. STÜKEN set standards in terms of practicality and cost savings with its deep-drawn stainless steel housings for fuel injectors. New technologies such as laser welding, camera monitoring and eddy current testing paved the way for further market share. Export increased, especially to the USA. Consequently, the family-owned business opened a plant in South Carolina in 1998 – the first international location for the medium-sized company. „You have to go where the customer demand is. With a certain volume it makes more sense to supply locally“, explains Dr. Hubert Schmidt, STÜKEN“s Chief Executive Officer.

In the 20 years since its foundation, the size of the production area has more than tripled from 3,000 sqm to 10,200 sqm. The third production hall was inaugurated in February 2015. In terms of technical equipment, the American subsidiary is in no way inferior to the German parent company. State-of-the-art deep-drawing technology plus a range of finishing processes meet almost every customer requirement. When the customer develops new products, STÜKEN co-develops and lines up accordingly. As a result, the team has grown from 10 to around 120 employees. „Some years ago STÜKEN North America started a training program in the field of mechanical engineering based on the German apprenticeship model,“ says Mark Foote, Vice President & General Manager. „With this program we target students from the surrounding high schools and hope to gain qualified junior staff.“

The majority of customers still come from the automotive industry – but no longer only from the USA. STÜKEN North America exports 45% of its products to China, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong and Europe. Today the oldest STÜKEN subsidiary – the group also operates plants in China and the Czech Republic – is going its own way. In its portfolio it already has successful projects in the field of medical engineering. One of the success stories is a high-quality insulin pen made of anodized aluminum, available in numerous colors. The deep-drawn covers and caps from STÜKEN replaced turned brass parts. This innovative approach helped to reduce costs and increase possibilities: only by using aluminum with its suitability for anodizing the many colors were made possible. Mark Foote: „A nice piece of development work in our company, a big advantage for our customer.“

In this manner STÜKEN North America aims for further growth and expects sales of 25 million US dollars for 2018.

Founded in 1931, STÜKEN today is considered the leading global supplier of precision deep-drawn parts made of metal. Stampings and injection molded parts as well as complex assemblies complete the range and guarantee customers finished products of highest quality. The products can be found in countless applications from domestic appliances and fittings to computers, mobile phones and automobiles. Statistically every car sold worldwide contains 40 STÜKEN components. The independent, innovative family-owned company based in the German city of Rinteln on the river Weser has about 1.250 employees, subsidiaries in the United States, the Czech Republic and the People´s Republic of China, and achieved sales of 187 million euros in 2017.

1931 gegründet, gilt STÜKEN heute als der weltweit führende Zulieferer für Präzisionstiefziehteile aus Metall. Außerdem gehören Stanz- und Spritzgießteile sowie anspruchsvolle Baugruppen zum Sortiment. Die Produkte finden sich in vielfältigen Anwendungen von Haushaltsgeräten bis hin zu Armaturen, in Computern, Mobilfunkgeräten und Kraftfahrzeugen. Statistisch gesehen enthält jedes weltweit verkaufte Auto rund 40 STÜKEN-Komponenten. Das Familienunternehmen mit Hauptsitz im niedersächsischen Rinteln an der Weser und Tochterwerken in den USA, Tschechien und China beschäftigt rund 1.250 Mitarbeiter und erwirtschaftete im Jahr 2017 einen Umsatz von 187 Mio. Euro.

Hubert Stüken GmbH & Co. KG
Sandra Göhner-Baake
Alte Todenmanner Straße 42
31737 Rinteln
Phone: 05751-7020
E-Mail: sandra.goehner@stueken.de
Url: http://www.stueken.de

English Press Releases

The automotive industry visits Freilassing

The automotive industry visits Freilassing

Trade show and discussion in the assembly hall of the Lokwelt

250 visitors for the FRIMO TechDay

LOTTE / FREILASSIG October, 2014 – Under the motto „Technology trends and innovations“ the FRIMO Group invited its customers and business partners to the Freilassing TechDay on September 25, 2014. Almost 250 participants from more than 50 different companies and 14 countries of origin came along, to get the latest insights into topics including surfaces, thermoforming, laminating and edgefolding. Peter Rajsp, FRIMO plant manager in Freilassing, was pleased with the response. „We are proud to say that many innovative production solutions are „made in Freilassing“. This demonstrates the considerable expertise in our region. And to ensure things stay that way, we would like to highlight opportunities as well as challenges, to retain our leading position at the forefront in future“ said Peter Rajsp concerning company strategy. The mayor of Freilassing, Josef Flatscher, was similarly impressed as he gave a short speech and welcomed the FRIMO initiative, to have selected the urban Lokwelt as the industry hub of choice.

Participants included specialists and key decision-makers, most of whom were from automotive or automotive supplier industries. Alongside major OEMs such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Ford, Porsche, PSA Peugeot Citröen, VW and Volvo, Tier 1 system suppliers were also well represented, including Dräxlmaier, Eissmann, Fehrer, Faurecia, IAC, Inteva, Johnson Controls, Magna, Parat, SMP and Visteon. Meanwhile, as well as the FRIMO partners Benecke-Kaliko, Eschmann Textures, Galvanoform, Jowat, Senoplast and Sika Automotive, numerous other specialists also attended the event, offering a diverse range of raw materials and semi-finished products on-site.

Amid the incomparable and atmospheric setting of the Freilassinger Lokwelt venue, the program offered an appealing mix of lectures, trade exhibits and discussions. During the presentations, experts from IHS, Benecke-Kaliko, Visteon France, Sika Automotive and FRIMO itself shed light on a varied complex of topics as well as reporting on experiences and perspectives. Following an overview to survey the development of the European car market, the focus turned to the range of design options for modern vehicle interiors focusing on high-class surfaces, whether in leather, artificial leather, textiles or also a wide range of films. This was followed by a more in-depth insight into the background tooling and machine technology, with the scope extending right up to turnkey production solutions. Also on the agenda were innovative solutions in the form of process combinations, which FRIMO offers on a tailored basis to meet quite specific individual customer requirements alongside its portfolio of standard solutions.

The highlight of the Technology Live afternoon was FRIMO“s comprehensive plant tour, through its facility based on Liegnitzer street in Freilassing. The thermoforming sector showcased flexible production solutions, new potential offered in IMG (in-mold graining) developments as well as thermoforming simulation alongside a foil stretching frame. Further along at other stations, visitors saw fully automatic edgefolding, efficient insert-construction via groove lamination as well as further innovative control concepts. This was also a chance for all those taking part to gain new practical experience, inspect the construction of tooling and system technology at close quarters and see further evidence of the expertise on show at the FRIMO Freilassing site, one of the key competence centers of the FRIMO group, with 220 employees (at Freilassing and Ainring) and contributing 45 million Euros to the overall group sales of 180 million Euros.

„Having this amount of interest in an event like today spurs us on to continue our effort and further enhance our abilities. That´s why we see our role as a technology partner and solution provider for all our customers worldwide“ states Manfred Rudholzer, Vice President Sales at FRIMO Group when commenting on the event.

About FRIMO (www.frimo.com)
Additional production and sales locations belong to the FRIMO Group, with over 1,200 employees in Europe, Asia, and the Americas as well as numerous international representatives. The FRIMO Group was again distinguished for excellent service. FRIMO has received the SPE Awards, known as the „Oscars of the Plastic Industry“, 18 times already. In 2014, FRIMO was distinguished with the JEC Innovation Award in Atlanta for the cooperation project „Street Shark“ (www.street-shark.com). The work of the FRIMO Group for the plastics processing industries includes a broad range of technologies from polyurethane processing, flexible trimming, punching, pressing and forming, thermoforming, laminating, and edgefolding, as well as joining and glueing. System solutions for large-series capable processing of fiber-reinforced plastics (composite technology) are also part of the business. For this purpose, FRIMO offers its customers tailored tools, machines, and production systems as individual or complete solutions from a single source.

FRIMO Group GmbH
Martina Schierholt
Hansaring 1
49504 Lotte
+49 (05404) 886-157
+49 (05404) 886- 5157