IACMI and RocTool launch strategic partnership

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, IACMI, a Manufacturing USA institute which works to support advanced composite technology and grow capital investment and manufacturing jobs in the U.S. composites market, welcomes RocTool as a new member and a strategic partner with a presence at its vehicle scale-up facility in the Corktown area of Detroit, Michigan.

RocTool, a technology and manufacturing solutions provider offering engineering services and systems for injection and compression molding, has offices and molding platforms in North America, Europe and Asia. RocTool’s process is used today in production for various high volumes applications and offer unmatched heating capabilities.

This new partnership combines the industry-leading processes of RocTool with IACMI’s strong emphasis on manufacturing growth and industry research and development risk mitigation and knowledge sharing. Both organizations share a vision for innovation in the world of composites and are enthusiastic about this potential partnership.

IACMI CEO Bryan G. Dods said, “The partnership between RocTool and IACMI-The Composites Institute demonstrates the commitment of both organizations to providing impactful, cost-effective technology solutions to the composites manufacturing ecosystem.”

This strategic partnership directly aims for lightweighting research and collaboration with automotive OEMs on existing parts and next generation applications. The Michigan facility will be equipped with RocTool’s latest induction technologies for compression and injection molding. Support for facility infrastructure improvements to accommodate RocTool’s equipment has been provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Michigan State University (MSU).

Earlier this year, RocTool conducted a study to identify a range of resin materials that successfully use RocTool’s molding technologies to produce high-quality parts with high flow and reduced cavity pressure. The study is part of the company’s ongoing effort to further develop its HD Plastics material database which helps designers and converters to achieve exceptional part quality and increased performance.

RocTool CEO Mathieu Boulanger looks forward to engaging with IACMI and leveraging the knowledge from the members. He said, “Our team is currently working on different light weighting molding solutions for thermoplastic and thermoset resins.” This strategic partnership with IACMI and working with its over one hundred and fifty members, will accelerate our developments and help us innovate with key automotive OEM and tier manufacturers in the industry.

Companies: IACMI (Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation), Roctool

Technologies: Compression Moulding, Injection

Terms: Business

This article has been edited by Basalt.Today
This article has been written on JEC Composites Magazine
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