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19th April 2017, Knoxville, TN

IACMI and RocTool launch strategic partnership

The Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, IACMI, 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, MI.

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

New partnership

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

Materials tested on Large LIT (Light induction tooling) hood. © IACMI/RocTool

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

Lightweighting research

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 moulding.

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).

Accelerating developments

Earlier this year, RocTool conducted a study to identify a range of resin materials that successfully use RocTool’s moulding 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 Double Zone Generator. © IACMI/RocTool

“Our team is currently working on different light weighting molding solutions for thermoplastic and thermoset resins,” said RocTool CEO Mathieu Boulanger, who looks forward to engaging with IACMI and leveraging the knowledge from the members.

“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.”

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