Metal to Plastic Conversion

We have years of experience partnering with OEMs to improve their products, reduce costs and streamline the manufacturing process by converting metal components and assemblies to plastic. Plastic provides greater opportunity to manufacture parts that can be molded into complex shapes at a much lower cost than machining metal components.

A key to success is the continual introduction and improvement of engineered plastic resins that have the strength and durability to compete with metal. Additionally, plastic components are often superior when it comes to high-impact strength, fatigue life or recoverable deformation, providing better wear surfaces and having lower friction.

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  • Designs consolidate parts and create additional performance features
  • Ability for more complex shapes and geometries
  • Opportunity to combine materials for enhanced features using multi-shot molding, overmolding or insert molding
  • Increased strength and durability
  • Enhanced decoration or labeling with in-mold decorating and labeling
  • Improved aesthetics
  • Ability to maintain close tolerances
  • Plastic materials and construction absorb impact and reduce noise
  • Lighter weight components for improved product performance


The plastic injection molding process is faster and more consistent than metal fabrication, realizing cost savings in the following ways:

  • Reduced secondary operations, such as painting, machining or assembly
  • Improved production consistency
  • Reduced part/product weight – reduced shipping and operating costs
  • Product improvements resulting in increased customer satisfaction and decreased warranty issues
  • Streamlined manufacturing cost savings
  • Reduced scrap and waste
  • Part consolidation


OEMs in wide array of industries look to EVCO Plastics for insight and engineering expertise in evaluating conversion of an existing product or part from metal to plastic, including:

  • Construction equipment
  • Industrial pumps
  • Fluid power applications
  • Agricultural equipment
  • Powersport vehicles
  • Trucking equipment
  • Off-road vehicles
  • Consumer products
  • Appliances

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Case Study

Metal to Plastic Conversion Material Selection

A leading agricultural equipment OEM wanted to convert a structural part, required to withstand high impact and wear, from metal to plastic in order to reduce part cost and weight. Learn how EVCO helped them achieve their goal.

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