There’s a new kid on the block in the injection moulding machinery space. München-based PlastiVation Machinery GmbH was founded in 2021 by industry expert Bengt Schmidt with a focus from the get-go on electric machines and digitalisation. The company is currently working on the development of its proprietary series of intelligent, electric machines scheduled to hit the market in 2025 under the brand name Hurricane.
Schmidt, formerly of KraussMaffei, is setting the bar high for the new machine line. “We want to convince customers with our technology,” he said.
The new machines will incorporate all the latest European technology as a standard. For the base, PlastiVation has partnered with Chinese injection moulding machinery company Tederic, founded in Hangzhou in 2003 and now one of the three leading Chinese injection moulding machine manufacturers. “The collaboration with Tederic is based on a strong foundation and the supply chain from China is stable. We have consistently digitised internal processes from the start,” said Schmidt, speaking with Sustainable Plastics at the Fakuma in October. By building the machine in China, the price of the all-electric highly advanced Hurricane will match that of a hydraulic European machine, he added. “I believe that what our customers want is the economic cost base of China, with the technology of a German machine. And so that is how PlastiVation was born.”
As a result of the close collaboration with Tederic, PlastiVation also became that company’s the exclusive representative for Germany, supplying the Tederic NEO series injection moulding machines to customers in the DACH region. Customer care is an important pillar at PlastiVation. The company boasts an experienced team of experts, who can offer a comprehensive range of application services “Our people know almost all production, application and control processes inside out,” Schmidt asserted.
Fakuma marked the launch of the second generation of Tederic NEO injection moulding machines in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. PlastiVation launched the first Tederic NEO machines on the market two years ago. This new generation expands the series, adding models with significantly higher clamping force sizes and more advanced technology, as in addition to distributing the Tederic machines, PlastiVation has also worked to improve their performance ‘under the hood’, as it were.
“The second generation looks like the first on the outside,” said Schmidt. “But as we announced here: the engineering has been done by us. We worked with the engineers from Tederic – their machines, our knowledge – and have brought the machine to an entirely new level.” One, he pointed out, that perhaps only one other Chinese machine can aspire to. “Our technology is our selling point. We listen to our customers to fulfil their specific needs instead of the kind of one-size-fits-all approach seen elsewhere. Our goal is not to beat our competitors on price, although if we have to, we will.”
Meanwhile, as a result, PlastiVation has been able to attract new customers for these machines, even from the notoriously demanding automotive industry.
The NEO series currently consists of four injection moulding machines models, two of which were on display at the booth at the Fakuma. The first, a NEO-E230/e620 electric toggle injection moulding machine, was moulding a business card holder in a complete production cell equipped with an industrial robot; the second, a NEO-T90/i380 machine described by the company as a cost-efficient hydraulic toggle injection moulding machine, was producing a plastic cup.
The second-generation high-performance electric toggle injection moulding machines in the NEO-E series are now available with clamping force sizes of up to 1,400 - previously 1,088; the hydromechanical two-platen machines of the NEO-H series have been expanded with new models reaching up to 5,500 t (previously 4,500 t); the multi-component injection moulding machines of the NEO-M series will now be available in sizes up to 3,520 t (previously 1,920 t); and the cost-efficient hydraulic universal injection moulding machine NEO-T up to 1,050 t (previously 500 t).
Asked about plans to expand their activities beyond the DACH region in Europe, Schmidt said that any customers outside that area would of course, would be able buy a machine - ‘of course’. Right now, he explained, the focus is on Mexico, where business is booming. The company is building new facilities there, which are due to be completed soon. “And, importantly, we’ve recruited a new CEO there, who is Mexican. He’s a highly experienced expert with years of experience with another plastics machinery manufacturer.” The new facility, he added will be run under the brand name Tederic.