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03-17-2010

Lomold: JEC Innovation Award

A unique one-piece/single-shot, high-performance composite pallet developed by Lomold Group, Cape Town, South Africa, has been named a winner in the Transportation category by JEC, Paris, France, in its annual Innovation Awards Program.

Winning nominations in a larger than normal pool of 11 categories were selected by a jury of renowned international experts who chose the best composites innovations on the basis of originality, technical interest, market potential, partnership, and financial impact. Winning companies and their partners will receive awards during opening ceremonies at the annual JEC Show, April 13-15, 2010 in Paris. Lomold Group and its partners, Chuan Lih Fa Machinery Works Co. Ltd. (Tainan, Taiwan), KHS Consulting cc (Johannesburg, South Africa), and Addcomp Holland BV (Nijverdal, the Netherlands), nominated a patented design for a long-fiber thermoplastic (LFT) pallet injection molded in 17-percent fiberglass-reinforced polypropylene (PP) that was produced via a patented process developed by Lomold over the course of the last decade. The pallet provides proof-of-concept for the company’s new form of LFT injection molding, which can rapidly produce large and highly complex parts with intricate design features at low shear and clamping pressures while also maintaining post-mold fiber lengths typically only seen in compression molding.

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