Infiana receives AIMCAL Award


Dan Bemi (left), president of AIMCAL, and Keith Fedewa, vice president of sales at Infiana USA
Dan Bemi (left), president of AIMCAL, and Keith Fedewa, vice president of sales at Infiana USA

The Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators (AIMCAL) has for the first time given one of its coveted awards to the Infiana Group (Forchheim, Germany), thus singling out the international developer and producer of specialty films for its unique contribution to the industry. Infiana has received the 2016 Technology of the Year Award for its FlexPLAS  product, a plasma-coated release film developed and distributed in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (IFAM).

FlexPLAS is reported to play a decisive role in the manufacture of large and complex fiber reinforced plastics for lightweight structures, with its use speeding up the manufacturing process by up to 60 percent. It allows lightweight components for aircraft, wind turbine and automobile manufacture to be detached from their molds without the use of fluid release agents. It was this innovative approach that proved decisive for the expert AIMCAL jury.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Infiana Group, Keith Fedewa, vice president of sales at Infiana USA, said: “This award, and the networking that takes place here at the management meeting, are the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate to our partners, suppliers and customers just how innovative we are, and the rigorous approach we bring to product development.” As well as its involvement with, and recognition by, AIMCAL, Infiana is currently taking advantage of the recovery in the US economy that has been occurring over the last years. As part of its new strategic development, the company has further invested in its Malvern, PA site, where it is currently adding an additional extruder to its facilities.