Ten Trends for Chinese Mould Industry

During the period of eleventh “Five-Year” program, Chinese mould industry gained gratifying achievements in adjusting the industrial structure and implementing industrial upgrade. The quick development of the mould industry gives hope to many mould enterprises. But it is a pity that Chinese mould industry can not get rid of low-end market positioning. How to speed up the replacement rate of the molds and additional products and develop towards the high-end brands is becoming companies’ objective.

Liu Depu, the Secretary-General of Shanghai Die & Mould Industry Association, pointed out that the Chinese mould industry will present ten trends in the future.

The first one is that mould products are increasingly larger. This is due to increasingly larger of the parts which are used for the molding of products. In addition, it is also caused by “a multi-cavity mold” required by the high production efficiency.

The second trend is that the precision of the mold will be higher. Mold precision was generally about 5 microns ten years ago. Currently, the precision has reached 2 to 3 microns. And moulds with 1 micron precision will soon be available which requires super-finishing.

The third trend is that the multi-functional mould complex will be further developed. The new type of multi-functional compound moulds can stamp parts. Besides, they are also responsible for some assembly tasks such as tapping, riveting, and locking, etc. As a result, the requirements for the performance of the steels will be higher and higher.

Fourthly, the proportion of hot runner molds is gradually improved. The hot runner technology not only improves productivity and quality of the products, but also saves a large amount of raw materials. Therefore, this technology has developed very rapidly in foreign countries. Many plastic mold factories produce more than half of the plastic mold products by using hot runner technology. The utilization rate of this technology is over 80% in some of the enterprises. Its effect is very obvious. Now, this technology is used in Chinese mould enterprises. The utilization rate has achieved 20% to 30% in some of these companies.

Fifthly, some new moulds that adapt to high-pressure injection and molding will be developed with the continuous improvement of plastic molding process.

The sixth one is that the application of standard parts will be more extensive. The application of mold standardization and mould standard parts will greatly affect the mold manufacturing cycle. It can also improve the quality of molds and reduce the manufacturing costs.

Seventhly, the prospect for rapid economic molds is very broad. Now is the era of multiple varieties of small batch production. In the 21st century, the proportion of this production mode will reach 75%. The shorter life cycle of products and the variety of the patterns demand that the mold production cycle is as short as possible. Therefore, the development of these mold products attracts people’s attention.

Eighthly, the ratio of die-casting molds will continue to increase with the development of vehicles and electrical products.

The ninth one is that the proportion of plastic molds will continue to increase.

The tenth is that the technical content of mould products will continue to be increased. And the proportion of high-end products will also be improved, which is caused by the adjustment of product structure.

Post time: 12-22-2016