Metal Injection Moulding: The Malleability of Plastic, the Tenacity of Steel

Egide UK: Metal Injection Moulding Specialists


Egide UK is an internationally renowned specialist in Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) and the MIM Company of choice in the UK, fully accredited to ISO9001-2000. “We have been producing MIM components for over 9 years,” said Egide’s Sales & Marketing Manager Rachel Conway, “furthermore, our Senior Engineers have been involved in developing MIM for over 20 years”. 


MIM is a manufacturing process that involves manipulating metal or ceramic to behave like a plastic by mixing fine metal or ceramic powders with a polymer binder system to form a feedstock suitable for injection moulding net shaped precision metal or ceramic components. MIM enhances product quality, reduces lead times and gives rise to significant cost savings of anything up to 50%. The reduced costs that MIM is enabling companies to benefit from is also helping to retain manufacturing work within Europe that otherwise would have been exported to the Far East.


Metal Injection Moulding is Egide’s core business, they are therefore fully equipped to enable them to keep every step of the process in house, all the way from the tool design and build, to the compounding of the feedstock, right through to the final sintered part. Egide’s Total Quality Manger, Lawrence Reekie commented that this tight control at every stage “allows us to manage the consistency and dimensional repeatability of the parts we produce enabling us to supply parts of unrivalled quality”.


Egide’s experience in MIM and their Total Quality focus has enabled them to become technical leaders in their field. This lead to a 25% increase in business in 2007 and they have high hopes of a further growth of 40% in 2008. This expansion of the business has enabled Egide to invest heavily in new equipment. 6 Moulding Machines, 5 Debind Ovens and 4 Sintering Furnaces now underpin their volume capacity. According to Egide’s Managing Director, Chris Conway “Quality, design ingenuity and a close working relationship with our customers have always been fundamental to our businesses success and our high level of customer satisfaction. Our recent increase in capacity will enable us to further satisfy our customers as we are now able to provide shorter lead-times, which in turn will enable our customers to better meet their customer demands. For us, this is a significant achievement because, as a supplier, we regard ourselves as an extension of our customers business”.



For more information visit us at stand 217 at MEDTEC UK 2008 or contact Rachel Conway at rconway@egideuk.com.


www.egideuk.com



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