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Dieffenbacher Expects Further Increase
Compared to the previous year, Dieffenbacher GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, Eppingen, Germany, closed the 2017 financial year with significantly improved earnings. The equity ratio of the family-owned company is currently 31%. The goal is to increase it to 35% by 2020.
The three Business Units of Wood, Composites and Recycling are enjoying full order books. Based on the successful start to 2018, Dieffenbacher expects a further increase in overall performance for the complete financial year.
Composites Business Unit
The solutions of the Composites Business Unit comprise both process technology for the production of fiber-reinforced components and complete system solutions with automation and lifecycle services. Future-oriented technologies for the production of lightweight components made of thermoplastic and thermoset composites complete the range of services.
In recent years, the Composites Business Unit has developed innovative, material-saving and cost-effective solutions, primarily in the area of carbon fiber technology, further expanding its leading position in this area.
With the tailored blank line, which uses the Fiberforge and Fibercon systems, Dieffenbacher offers a solution for the large-scale production of locally reinforced thermoplastic components. The Fiberforge produces near-net-shape mats from carbon fiber or glass fiber tapes, which are then consolidated into laminates with vacuum assistance from the Fibercon.
In China, according to the company Dieffenbacher will this year equip the country's ultra-modern Composites Technology Center with the latest press technology in the form of the advanced CompressLite press.
According to the company, the new CompressLite is optimally adapted to thermoplastic processes thanks to high speeds and short pressure build-up times. In addition, the newly developed control and visualization system enables user-friendly and intuitive operation.
Since the beginning of 2018, Dieffenbacher has received eight orders for presses with pressing forces of 2000 to 3000 t, primarily for the production of high-quality SMC structural and outer shell components. Four of these will include complete line automation and, thanks to smart networking, meet all Industry 4.0 requirements.
Following last year's strong turnover with a large number of big composites modernization projects, the current intake of orders for modernization and conversions also heralds a continuation of the positive trend in 2018.
Dieffenbacher GmbH Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
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