Category Archives: Management

Why DuPont Needs to Win Its Proxy Fight With Trian

The continuing hedge funds’ attack on global chemicals and plastics giants will be a major story in 2015. Last fall Bayer’s stock rose more than 6 percent on [..]

Management, North America ,

Is 3D Printing Just Lipstick Or The Real Deal for ARC Group?

What is your company worth? The market capitalization of ARC Group Worldwide, a metal and plastic injection molder, has swung wildly in the past 52 weeks. From 2007 [..]

Additive manufacturing, Automotive, Defense, Electronics, Management, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), North America, Office Products , , , , ,

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 , ,