Plastics and their transformative technologies are playing an increasingly active role in modern society, and new opportunities will open up.
The plastic injection molding market is also growing, and Europe has followed that trend.
Plastic injection is associated with a number of markets, including buses, railways and furniture. In the graph, you can see the evolution of plastic injection, essentially in the medical industry, in the industrial area and defence.
RIM – Reaction Injection Moulding – was developed in the 1960s in Germany for the production of moulds and is one of the techniques that has grown the most in recent years.
This technology has brought to the plastics industry great benefits such as the possibility of product customisation, relatively low mould production costs, low operating costs and low energy consumption, consequently becoming an eco-friendly product when compared to other production methods. The future trends for the use of this technique are an investment in smaller series, with more options for the consumer.
In Portugal, it’s estimated that the manufacture of small parts may weigh 16% of the global market of plastic injection parts. The use of composite materials has also revealed a certain degree of importance for various sectors, namely mobility.
MICE-molds and their technology, escape the saturation of the mass-production market, focusing on niche markets that bet on the blue market of products with smaller series, non-disposable and longer life cycles.