Plastic Injection molding

Sep 13, 2022

On September 13, the BMW Group announced that the models of the NEUE KLASSE due to be launched from 2025 onwards will feature trim parts made of plastic whose raw material contains around 30% recycled fishing nets and ropes. This raw material is proactively sourced at ports all around the world to ensure that it doesn’t end up being discarded in the sea. The resulting components have an approximately 25% lower carbon footprint than their counterparts made from conventionally manufactured plastics.
In a new initiative developed in cooperation with the Danish company PLASTIX, the BMW Group is taking the recycling of maritime plastic waste a step further. After separation, fishing nets and ropes undergo an innovative process that produces plastic granules. While recycled maritime plastic has so far only been used in the automotive industry in the form of fibers for new vehicle components, this recycled material is now also suitable for the injection molding process for the first time.

Based on the BMW Group press release

Aug 06, 2022

Autoliv Inc. (Autoliv) inaugurated its new plant located at the Finsa Industrial Park in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The company invested USD 60 million into the plant, which is expected to create 3,000 jobs when operating at full capacity. The plant spans 30,000 square meters and will manufacture steering wheels, with production capabilities including armature casting, plastic and polyurethane injection molding, leather preparation and wrapping. The plant is expected to produce 3 million steering wheels per year. It will also produce other automotive safety equipment such as airbags and seat belts. (From multiple sources on August 4, 2022)

Jul 28, 2022

On July 27, ZKW Group announced that its plant in Silao, Mexico, which went into operation in 2016, is now being expanded by 15,700 to a total of 48,700 square meters of production space. 830 additional jobs will be created. The site manufactures high-quality headlights for premium car manufacturers such as BMW, Ford Lincoln, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Nissan Infiniti, Volkswagen, and Volvo. By 2025, ZKW Mexico plans to produce around 3.5 million headlights per year with 2,522 employees. Total investment since the establishment of ZKW México will be around USD 255 million.
With the 3rd Phase expansion, ZKW México will increase its production capacity by 1.5 million headlights. The new building will be equipped with state-of-the-art technologies for the production of automotive lighting systems – such as plastic injection molding systems, surface treatments, and painting systems. A new technology that increases the possibility to metallize the reflectors in several new colors, not only in aluminum but also in silver, steel, rose gold, and gold. The production of optical lenses is also being modernized to optimize the quality and cleanliness of the products.

Based on ZKW press release