By Liz White, ERJ staff
Dusseldorf, Germany Kremer Kautschuk Kunstoffe GmbH und Co. KG is making a new and highly complex one piece EPDM air intake manifold for the new Porsche Boxster.
The small German rubber and plastics moulding company has used its expertise to design and develop a special 2000 kg mould for this large component. This development allowed the car maker to replace the previous two part unit, which consisted of a plastic intake and an elastomer cover, moulded separately and joined together.
Kremer has not made an air intake part of such complexity and dimensions previously, said Julian Kremer, assistant to the managing director, and grandson of the founder of the Kremer company, based in Bad Soden Salmunster. He was speaking to ERJ during the K2004 show in Dusseldorf, Germany.
The moulding has many protuberances and straps integrally moulded into it, to allow rapid and easy fitting on the Boxster during assembly. Kremer is currently making 30 000 a year of the parts for Porsche, Julian Kremer added.