Plastics News - Show Daily - October 20, 2023 - 6

6 * Plastics News, October 20, 2023
FAKUMA SHOW DAILY
More than
a cupful
Fakuma project highlights
companies' capabilities
By Jim Johnson
Plastics News Staff
When Alexander Dangel set
out on his effort to stand out
among more than 1,600 exhibitors
at Fakuma this year, he
knew that business as usual
would not be enough. So the
managing director and co-owner
of mold maker Gollmer Formen
GmbH set out to create a
product made on-site to grab
people's attention.
Commodity products, such as
food containers that are commonly
produced on
the show floor, were
out of the question
in his mind.
Dangel instead
recruited partners
from all along the
supply line that
could work with the
mold maker over a
which is based in Kirchheim unter
Teck, Germany, about a twohour
drive from Friedrichshafen
and Fakuma.
GOLLMER
FORMEN GMBH
Hall A2,
Booth 2213
period of months to conceptualize,
design and ultimately create
a unique " crushed cup " he
hoped would stand out from the
crowd as a giveaway.
Dangel said he took inspiration
from other unique designs
he saw on the internet to help
create his own polypropylene
drinking cup injection molded at
the Gollmer Formen booth. The
cups he saw on the web were
made from other materials, and
Dangel wanted to showcase the
trend while using plastics.
Manfred Gräwe is the project
manager at Gollmer Formen,
The design of the cup aims to
highlight the capabilities of all
of the companies involved in the
project, Gräwe explained while
standing near the production cell
as new cups were being molded.
" We have several partners
in this project together, which
are very famous in the injection
molding branch, " Gräwe
said. " We decided to make this
unique design because we need
to find the interest
of the customers at
this fair and design
a product that is
special. "
Dangel agreed.
" I thought we had
to create something
special. That was
the idea. In the past,
we didn't have any production
system at the booth, " he said.
" I think it shows our customers
and our potential customers
what kind of partners we have, "
Dangel said during an interview
on the Fakuma show floor, just a
few feet away from where a Haitian
injection molding machine
steadily churned out copies of
the cup one at a time.
While Dangel calls the product
being made at his booth a
" crushed cup, " he did admit it
was hard to describe. " It looks
like it's squeezed a little or has
a little bit of damage already. "
And this, or course, is all by
design.
" The challenge was that we
wanted to create this look that
looks like a damaged cup when
you see it. It was not easy for
designers, " Dangel said.
" The idea was to really get
the attention of the guys who
visit the fair, or the potential
customers, and are attracted by
this kind of product. We have so
many partners who are experts
in their branch, we need to put
them together. We can create
something special and unique.
And we can show what each
partner can do in their business, "
Dangel said.
All of the partners involved
will have the opportunity
to
use the mold for their own promotional
events once Fakuma
ends, creating multiple marketing
opportunities for the cup
and the partner firms.
The cups' asymmetrical design
utilizes a retractable core
created by Wiedemann to allow
for the cup to have an uneven
shape. And Reichle participated
in the project by leading its
expertise in laser etching of the
mold to create designs on the
exterior of the cup.
Other fi rms involved in the
project include Simcon, which
provides mold fl ow analysis
software; Kistler, which makes
sensors; DMTcreaktiv, a product
design fi rm; Matsui, an auxiliary
equipment maker; and Meusburger,
a mold parts maker.
" We wanted to have a very
sophisticated product, which
needs a sophisticated mold concept.
That was our target, to get
the interest of the fair visitors
to show them what we are able
to and what kind of partners we
have to achieve such a product
and show them the skills, " Dangel
said.
" We want to show what is possible
in mold making, " Gräwe added.
Alexander Dangel
from German mold
maker Gollmer
Formen GmbH at
Fakuma.
German mold maker
Gollmer Formen GmbH
designed what it terms a
" crushed " cup to show off
its capabilities at Fakuma.
Plastics News photos by Jim Johnson

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