KraussMaffei now offers technologies for laminating, edgefolding and thermoforming

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  • KraussMaffei and 3CON sign partnership agreement
  • Cooperation with focus on interior trim
  • 3CON as a specialist for laminating, thermoforming and edgefolding interior automotive components

KraussMaffei is reinforcing its system expertise for reaction process machinery with the signing of a partnership agreement with 3CON Anlagenbau GmbH, a leading provider of laminating, edgefolding and thermoforming technologies for the automotive industry and its suppliers.

Partnership enables KM to offers technologies for edgefolding and thermoforming

In the area of interior trim, KraussMaffei’s reaction process machinery implements production systems for foamed or back-foamed parts for vehicle manufacturing. This includes parts such as instrument panels, door coverings, door panels and window trim. The company provides customized system solutions from a single source, including molds, mixing and metering systems, and equipment for cutting and punching finished components. Through the partnership with 3CON, KraussMaffei can now also offer technologies for laminating, edgefolding and thermoforming.

Nicolas Beyl, President of the Reaction Process Machinery segment of the KraussMaffei Group, and Hannes Auer, CEO and founder of 3CON (from left to right)

Nicolas Beyl, President of the Reaction Process Machinery segment of the KraussMaffei Group, and Hannes Auer, CEO and founder of 3CON (from left to right)

 

3CON holds several worldwide patents

The company was founded in 1998 and employs approximately 200 people at its headquarters in Ebbs/Kufstein, Austria. The product portfolio includes press and vacuum laminating, edgefolding, four different joining and riveting technologies, punching in connection with other technologies, assembly lines with anti-creak and clip applications as well as hot-air cutting. The company also holds several worldwide patents. Examples include the new vacuum-laminating system for shorter cycle times and material savings as well as the ESL process (Exact Shape Laminating), which was developed in-house. This low-tension laminating process with especially low extraction levels enables material savings of up to 50 percent. In the area of edgefolding, 3CON provides link-guided edgefolding pushers and a new infrared heater for reduced cycle times. Servo-driven units even make it possible to fold parts with highly complex geometry.

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