Taking the concept of insert moulding and in-mould labeling of plastic parts, the hybrid moulding technologies enable a more cost-effective production of carbon composite parts. Two low-cost methods for the mass production of carbon composite parts are developed, namely the pre-form insert moulding and pre-heat hybrid moulding.
Carbon fibre reinforced plastic (carbon composite) plays a crucial role in the growing automotive market to produce cosmetic accessories and performance-enhancing parts for automobiles. Existing production methods of composite parts are labour intensive and the production cycles are generally long, increasing the production cost of composite parts and restricting its application to high-class automotives or critical autoparts only.
Automotive Platforms and Application Systems (APAS) R&D Centre was established in 2006 by the Innovation and Technology Commission of HKSAR Government and hosted by the Hong Kong Productivity Council. The Centre undertakes R&D programmes as well as commercialising R&D results in collaboration with industry, universities and technology institutes for the development of the APAS technology. Since its establishment, APAS R&D Centre has carried out over 100 R&D projects and focus on 3 R&D areas, Green Transportation, Smart Mobility and Intelligent Systems. To facilitate greater synergy and further enhance cost effectiveness, APAS is form part of the Hong Kong Productivity Council with effect from 1 Nov 2012.