BASF SE, based in Ludwigshafen, Germany, has launched two new Catamold products for customers in the Metal Injection Moulding industry. The company states that the two cost-effective stainless steel variants, Catamold 17-4PH K and Catamold 316L K, allow metal parts to be manufactured at lower cost but with the same high quality and performance.
Thanks to a new formulation, BASF has improved efficiency in the production process. “We’re passing on this economy of scale to our customers,” says Dr Matthias Pfeiffer, who is responsible for global Business Management for Catamold. “Thanks to the lower feedstock costs, our customers will be able to exploit new markets and be more competitive in the face of competing technologies.”
The new products are available around the globe, even for industrial-scale projects, and technical support is offered in all regions by an expert team.
As announced in December 2012, a new Catamold plant will go into operation in Kuanyin, Taiwan in the second half of 2013. A few months ago, the Technical Service Lab for Catamold in Ludwigshafen was joined by another application technology lab in Shanghai, China. “These investments reflect our commitment to driving growth in the Metal Injection Moulding industry,” stated Dr. Stefan Koser, Vice President Metal Systems at BASF.
At the PM China 2013 Expo, April 26-28, Shanghai, BASF presented its latest grades, which are targeted at various industries including electronics, automotive, consumer goods, medical and communication technology. “The Asian market is one of the major growth drivers for the metal systems business for BASF. Through the investments, we will be able to offer reliable, quality products supported by local production, technical service and development teams, to help our customers address industry challenges such as the need for better production efficiency and more environmentally-friendly solutions,” stated Dr Steven Hung, Head of Regional Business Management Metal Systems Asia Pacific.