A new powder injection moulding company called Pimtec GmbH has been established as a spin-off of the PIM department at the Austrian Institute of Technology / Research Centre Seibersdorf, Austria. The company will have have access to the PIM process know-how, existing manufacturing capacities, and the vast technologically based knowledge at Seibersdorf, and will have the objective to transfer the existing production processes into marketable and commercially successful products.
The company is initially concentrating on highly complex components and parts in small production quantities up to 150,000 pieces. The plan is to build up a production line for semi-finished PIM products for manufacturing of medical implants. As a future step, the company will try to expand the value creation chain by developing the semi finished PIM parts into a final end-user product.
An additional product will be bedding layers, or setters, used in the sintering. To resist the high thermal impact in the sintering furnace, bedding layers must be made of ceramic materials. However, due to the limited volumes of these specially shaped layers, production figures tend to be low. This leads to a very high production costs for these individually geometric shaped parts. Pimtec’s advantage will be its ability to produce small numbers of these highly complex parts by PIM at a very attractive price.
The management team comprises three partners, Thomas Wilfinger, Dr Thomas Habenreich, and Dr Harald Klimesch. All have a long-term record of interdisciplinary experience and complementary capacity in their field of working