Category Archives: Management

Low Cost Molding: Mexico Versus China

It seems apparent that Mexico is emerging as the favored low-cost manufacturing location for the United States market. Look at Lego’s decision to build a mammoth molding plant [..]

Asia, Management, South America

Molding Machinery Rises While US Economy Dips

Shipments of injection molding machinery in the United States rose 9 percent in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the year-earlier quarter. That’s according to a new [..]

Management, North America

Schad’s Startup Spreads Its Wings and Starts to Fly

North America’s newest injection molding machinery producer Athena Automation (Vaughan, Ontario) says it will ship 20 machines this year as it ramps up production. A new 155,000 square [..]

Injection Molding, Injection Molding, Management, Medical, North America, Two-Shot

After Nanotube Fumble, Bayer Loses Its Stomach for Plastics

Bayer has been one of the legacy players in plastics technology, but its interest has been waning. The future of plastics as part of the future of Bayer [..]

Automotive, Europe, Management, Polycarbonate, Polyurethane foam ,

Owens Corning Sticks To Its Core DNA–Glass Composites

Owens Corning, the Ohio-based producer of glass fiber, is a giant in the plastics industry, having virtually invented the composites business. One example was its involvement in the [..]

Automotive, Composites, Management, North America

Baxter May Change the Equation For Small US Molders

Visit a high-tech molder anywhere in the world and you will see sophisticated robots in every work cell. That’s particularly true in the United States and Europe where [..]

Automation/Robotics, Injection Molding, Management, North America , ,

Why Did Nypro Sell?

An employee ownership structure, while a huge boon to company morale and retention rates, turned out to be a major stumbling block to growth for Nypro, the global [..]

Injection Molding, Management, North America ,

Challenger Disaster Remembered: Engineering or Management Blunder?

We just passed the 27th anniversary of the fatal explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. The problem that caused the disaster is commonly thought of as an error [..]

Aircraft, Design, Elastomers, Management, North America , ,

Is ‘Reshoring’ Just A PR Fad?

Is “reshoring” a public relations phenomenon or a real trend? The current issue of The Economist has a 20-page special report on reshoring, yet states: “The number of [..]

Asia, Automotive, Consumer Goods, Electronics, Europe, Management, Medical, North America

The Hype For 3D Printing Has Really Gone Way Over The Top

I love 3D printing and have been covering it since the technology was invented by Chuck Hull at 3D Systems in 1986. In 3D printing, also called additive [..]

Design, Management, Medical, Prototyping , , , ,