International Plastic Fair Japan 2014
New CFRP mass-production technology, CF/GF plastics, hot runner systems shown
The 8th International Plastic Fair Japan was held from October 28 to November 1, 2014, at the Makuhari Messe near Tokyo. Exhibits at the fair ranged broadly from plastic molding machines to mold designing and manufacturing systems, expanded plastics and rubber materials. This report focuses on components and processes displayed at the Fair that were closely related to the auto industry. They mainly included new thermoset and thermoplastic carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) manufacturing processes, carbon fiber (CF) and glass fiber(GF) reinforced composite materials, hot runner systems, plastic welding processes, vacuum molding by electroforming, and the newly-developed MPM process.
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