Combining decoration and functionality

In-mould decoration (IMD) is a process that combines the decoring and injection moulding of plastic parts in a single step. It involves placing a pre-printed endless film or single picture film into a cavity, and then injecting melted plastic above the film to create a finished part. This creates a seamless, high-quality decoration. Furthermore, IMD can be combined with IML (In-Mould Labelling) to produce touch panel interactive functionalities. Thus, this process is commonly used in the automotive, appliance, and consumer electronics industries.

  1. Printed foil carrier (rollstock) is positioned in the tool area
  2. Fixing and adjusting the film carrier via clamping frame and vacuum
  3. Mould closes and injection process starts
  4. Lacquered layers of the carrier film bond with the plastic material through pressure and temperature
  5. Removal of the finished part
  1. Cost-effective - reduced production time and costs by combining decoration and moulding into a single step

  2. High-quality decoration - pre-printed films result in a decoration, resistant to wear and tearhigh-quality, seamless

  3. Improved part durability -  resistance to fading, by providing an additional layer of protection

  4. Reduced environmental impact - reducing waste by eliminating additional decoration steps, such as painting or printing

  1. Automotive components (e.g. decorative panels, consoles, door trims, car keys)
  2. Telecommunication articles (e.g. handhelds, telephones)
  3. IT products (e.g. computer housings, printer chassis)
  4. High-quality household appliances (e.g. designer coffee machines, washing machines)