Plastics News - Show Daily - October 17, 2023 - 6

6 * Plastics News, October 17, 2023
FAKUMA SHOW DAILY
LEONHARD KURZ
STIFTUNG & CO. KG
Hall A4,
Booth 4111
Kurz is collaborating with German rim manufacturer Ronal to produce plastic inserts for a conventional light metal rim that becomes both
a striking visual detail and contributes to the vehicle's performance.
Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG photos
Kurz buys printing fi rm to boost
surface decoration options
By Catherine Kavanaugh
Plastics News Staff
Fürth, Germany-based surface
specialist Leonhard Kurz Stiftung
& Co. KG is beefi ng up and showing
off its capabilities to meet increasing
demand for high-quality,
appealing fi nishes as well as sustainable
materials and customization
requests.
The automotive, household appliances,
consumer electronics
and medical markets are facing
more complex surface design requirements.
For example, automotive
customers are looking to
transform vehicle exteriors into
unmistakable brands with Kurz
decorations while turning the interiors
into a functional, networked
living space with design highlights.
Kurz's response: the acquisition
of a printing fi rm and an exhibit
to highlight the future of mobility
at Fakuma.
A week before the trade show,
Kurz announced it acquired
Canyon Graphics Inc., a San Diego-based
company that offers
printing, thermoforming, 3D trimming,
2D precision cutting, lamination
and injection molding.
The merger is strategically
aligned and completes Kurz's regional
presence in North America
- in addition to North Carolina
and Detroit.
" We can thus offer even more
comprehensive design solutions
and component concepts to our
customers and the new players in
the North American EV market, "
a company spokeswoman said in
an email.
The acquisition will give customers
of Kurz, a thin-fi lm specialist
focused on decorative and
functional surfaces, more design
freedom and a competitive edge,
according to Thomas Hertlein,
CEO of Kurz Transfer Products LP
in Charlotte, N.C.
" Our customers are increasingly
seeking holistic, environmentally
sustainable solutions, whether
it be comprehensive design and
engineering or the delivery of fully
adorned or functional plastic
components, " Hertlein said in a
news release. " Canyon's profi ciency
in engineering and supplying
in-mold labeling parts in the United
States perfectly complements
our strengths in crafting decorative
plastics components and
fl exible sensors. "
Kurz's decorative and functional
layers are applied to carrier
foil for surface fi nishing, decoration,
labeling and counterfeit
protection of products in a variety
of markets, including packaging,
printing, electronics, cards,
textiles and automotive, the latter
of which is the company's focus
at Fakuma.
Future of mobility
In Friedrichshafen, Germany,
Kurz will present innovations for
the future of mobility and demonstrate
processes suitable for series
production today.
" Our expertise covers decoration,
functionality, technology
and in-depth know-how in process
and tool technology. As a
result, every surface can now be
functionally equipped, " said Luitpold
Haarländer, head of sales
management automotive in the
plastic decoration business unit.
In one demonstration, Kurz is
collaborating with German rim
manufacturer Ronal to produce
plastic inserts for a conventional
light metal rim that becomes both
a striking visual detail and contributes
to the vehicle's performance.
The company said the rim inserts
reduce air resistance, making for
a quieter drive and increasing the
range of electric vehicles.
The inserts are injection molded
and provided with a wafer-thin
decorative layer using hot stamping
for a chrome look in a new patent-pending
process called Performance+.
The hot-stamping foil
is drawn into a two-part stamping
tool using a vacuum, which eliminates
the need to separately preheat
the material. Instead, the foil
is integrated into the process in a
cycle-neutral manner. The decorative
layer is then transferred to
the component by means of heat
and pressure, and the substrate is
removed again.
In contrast to conventional
regulated by the functional decoration
and recycled material can
be used both for the wall box and
the decoration.
In addition, a new design for an
overhead light console fi rst presented
at K 2022 is being shown.
Kurz's decorative and functional layers are used in packaging,
printing and electronics for counterfeit protection, decoration
and labeling.
electroplating, no environmentally
harmful chromium VI is used,
Kurz offi cials said.
The technology is not only
more effi cient and saves on energy
usage but also is even better
suited for the fi nishing of
3D-formed components, according
to Kurz offi cials.
The new process will be demonstrated
on the Geba 8/1S, a machine
from Kurz subsidiary Baier
equipped with hot stamping tools
from Hinderer + Mühlich, which is
also part of the Kurz Group.
A major advantage of the process
is that auto suppliers that
already own a Geba machine can
convert it for the new process
without major modifi cations and
with little effort and can continue
to operate it as usual. Hot stamping
Performance+ will be demonstrated
live at the Kurz stand.
Other Fakuma plans
Kurz also is spotlighting software
for " machine insight services "
developed in cooperation
with the subsidiary Kurz Digital
Solutions. The program collects
and monitors production data in
real time and uses artifi cial intelligence
to provide a reliable basis
for increasing effi ciency and reducing
downtime.
Another automotive highlight
will be an advanced rear-end cover
concept, which consists of an
innovative material mix fi nished
with in-mold decoration (IMD).
In-mold electronics also can be
used to equip the component with
sensors and technical features,
such as smart touch functionality.
This supports the technologies
required for autonomous driving
and communicates with other
road users using backlighting and
3D light effects.
Kurz also is demonstrating IMD
technology combined with laser
engraving for a front cover. The
IMD enables day-to-night designs,
backlighting and animations for
some functions, while custom
designs and special editions can
be implemented using laser technology.
The front panel will have
a closed, homogeneous surface
with a self-healing, crystalline
decoration from Kurz Decopur -
a manufacturing step that covers
the component with polyurethane
to produce an extremely durable
crystalline, high-gloss surfaces.
In the automotive interior segment,
homogeneous multifunctional
surfaces are becoming increasingly
popular. Kurz's other
demonstrations at Fakuma will
focus on smooth, closed surfaces
and smart functions without levers
and switches.
Kurz also is showcasing a smart
wall box at Fakuma that has a surface
that can do more than simply
indicate the charge level.
Using a laser machine from
Acsys, the wall box can also display
operating instructions, the
remaining range with the current
charge level, or the amount of
electricity currently in use. Access
authorization also can be
Joining forces
Kurz staff is eager to collaborate
with Canyon Graphics - a company
that operates within " captivating
market segments, " according
to Rainer Süssmann, Kurz's executive
senior vice president of the
plastic decoration business unit,
who pointed to attractive and
changing markets, such as automotive
and appliances.
The Canyon Graphics website
shows products like fashion eyewear,
cellphone covers, medical
device cases and more.
" Through the fusion of design
and technology, we are poised to
unveil novel products to our global
clientele. The highly skilled and
knowledgeable Canyon team will
play an instrumental role in expanding
business domains, " Süssmann
said in the release, which
describes the companies as joining
forces.
No terms were disclosed.
Founded in 1981 as a specialty
printing company, Canyon Graphics
expanded services and currently
has 60 employees in San
Diego. Everyone will be retained.
" We are very happy to welcome
experienced employees to the
Kurz Group, " a company spokeswoman
said in an email.
The partnership with Kurz will
open new opportunities for the
printing fi rm, according to Canyon
Graphics CEO Mike Ward.
" Teaming up with Kurz allows
us to provide global support to
our customers and introduce
them to innovative component
alternatives that would have
been challenging to achieve independently, "
Ward said in the release.
" Kurz's global reach offers
an exciting prospect for the entire
Canyon and Kurz team. "
The Kurz Group employs more
than 5,500 people at 30-plus
sites worldwide.

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