Plastics, and their processing technologies, play an increasingly active role in modern society, so new opportunities will arise.

The plastic injection market has also grown, and Europe has followed this trend.

Plastic injection is associated with different markets such as buses, railways, furniture, among many others. The graph shows the evolution of plastic injection, essentially in the medical industry, in the industrial area and in defense.

Fig. Plastic injection market growth by sector of activity

RIM molding – Reaction Injection Molding was developed in the 1960s in Germany for the production of molds and is one of the techniques that has grown the most in recent years.

This technology has brought great benefits to the plastics industry, such as the possibility of customizing the product, relatively low mold production costs, low operating costs, low energy consumption, eventually becoming, consequently, an eco-friendly product when compared to other methods. of production.

Future trends for the use of this technique involve investing in smaller series with more options for the consumer.

In Portugal, it is estimated that the manufacture of small parts could have a weight of 16% in the global market for the injection of plastic parts.

The use of composite materials has also revealed a certain degree of importance for several sectors, namely in mobility.

MICE and its technology escape the saturation of the mass production market, focusing on market niches that bet on the blue market of products with smaller, non-disposable series and with longer life cycles.

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