Milacron appoints Bruce Catoen as chief technology officer
Cincinnati, Ohio-based equipment maker Milacron LLC has named Bruce Catoen as the company’s chief technology officer (CTO).
CTMA appoints new executive director
Les Payne, the longtime executive director of the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA), is stepping down, to be replaced by Robert Cattle.
Husky completes acquisition of medical and closure mold maker Schttli
Husky Injection Molding Systems has completed the acquisition of the medical and closure mold maker Schöttli Group of Diessenhofen, Switzerland.
DME names new VP, general manager for Americas
Mold technology supplier DME Company has named Dean Froney as vice president and general manager for the Americas.
Autodesk to acquire Delcam
3D design software maker Autodesk Inc. is buying software developer Delcam plc for approximately US$276 million.
K 2013 WRAP UP: MOLD TECHNOLOGY
Tooling capacity inadequate to support projected auto launch demand: report
There will be a vendor tooling capacity constraint within the North American automotive industry by 2018, according to a new report by research firm Harbour Results Inc.
Husky buying medical and closure mold maker Schttli
Bolton, Ont.-based Husky Injection Molding Systems is acquiring Schöttli Group of Diessenhofen, Switzerland, a global medical and closure mold maker.
Quebec’s Techno Moules partners with French moldmaker
Tooling technology provider Techno Moules, of Saint-Damien, Que., has expanded its product offerings by signing a partnership agreement with French moldmaker Rouxel S.A.
DME names new Quebec sales rep, makes other appointments
Mold technology supplier DME has a new sales representative in Canada, and also a new business development manager for the U.S.
Acetronic new Canadian rep for Progressive Components
Ontario-based hot runner temperature control systems maker Acetronic Industrial Controls Inc. is the new Canadian distributor for mold component supplier Progressive Components.
After 50 years with one company, a plastics worker looks back
In 1963, Lester Pearson was Canada’s Prime Minister, the Beatles were still in Liverpool, and Branko Muich started working at a new Toronto-based custom extrusion shop called Polyform Ltd.
PlastIndia trade show moving to Gurajat for 2015
India’s largest plastics trade show, PlastIndia, is moving to a new location.
North American moldmakers unprepared for “historic” auto surge: DesRosiers
In service of pent-up consumer demand, the North American auto industry launched approximately 70 all-new vehicle models each year for the next five years, translating into an “historic” wealth of new work that will be up for bids to North…
Plast-Ex 2013 is here
Plast-Ex 2013, Canada’s only plastics industry trade show this year, is set to begin.
For plastics processors, there may be no such thing as a recession-proof sector — but medical parts molding comes damn close. At the very least, the medical molding business is less susceptible to economic swings than most other…
B&C Plastics: Highlighting competitiveness with the right ERP solution
There’s nothing wrong with writing things down on paper by hand — it’s how Shakespeare and America’s Founding Fathers did it, among others. But let’s face it: it’s no way to run a business in the Internet Age.
Ontario’s Exco Technologies buys BE&H Extrusion Dies
Markham, Ont.-based die cast and extrusion equipment maker Exco Technologies Limited has purchased BE & H Extrusion Dies, an extrusion die manufacturer located in Wylie Texas.
Mitutoyo Canada makes organizational changes
Coordinate measuring machine technology provider Mitutoyo Canada Inc. has announced organizational changes leading to new appointments for two current employees.
Pipeline to the Facts
This time last year, we opened our fifth Extrusion Benchmark Survey by noting that the worst of the worst recession in living memory was behind us. Twelve months later, we’re fairly certain it’s true. But what do some of…
In-Mold Assembly: All Together Now
If the manufacturing sector learned one thing from the Great Recession it might be this: get more efficient, fast. In multi-component injection molding, efficiency means eliminating secondary operations by assembling separate components in the…
CTMA teams with NRC for one-day laser application seminar
Additive manufacturing using laser metal deposition is an emerging discipline that can improve mold, tool and diemakers’ manufacturing processes, and the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA) is teaming up with the National…
Making a Mark with Liquid Colorant
Any plastics processor out there who doesn’t want to gain a competitive advantage, raise your hand. Nobody, right? Well, interest in one potential advantage is on the rise: A growing number of molders are considering liquid colorants as a…
Fact: Valve gating has become the preferred method of gating for precision molders, offering a more stable injection process without stringing and drooling of the melt. And these are particularly interesting times for valves gates: two themes…
The survey, consisting of 33 questions, was emailed in August 2012 to approximately 160 moldmakers across Canada in the Canadian Plastics database, as well as to members of the Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM). We received 23…
Building (or rebuilding) A Better Materials Handling System
Just like that killer double-breasted suit probably does with your wardrobe, materials represent your single largest expense as a plastics processor. You didn’t sew the suit yourself just to save a few bucks, so why scrimp on having a…
DME names new Canadian sales manager
Mold technology provider DME Company has a new Canadian sales manager.
Ontario engraving shop installs rare laser ablation system
A small industrial engraving company in Windsor, Ont., has gone where almost no other Canadian job shop has gone before: it’s offering laser ablation services for moldmakers.
LEADER OF THE YEAR – Paul Cohen: Film Buff
For someone who prefers to fly under the radar, Paul Cohen has a habit of making the kinds of contributions that get noticed.
CAMM seminar will target South American business opportunities
The Canadian Association of MoldMakers (CAMM) is hosting a free breakfast seminar for moldmakers looking to explore business opportunities in several South American countries.
NPE 2012 ROUND-UP: MOLDS/HOT RUNNERS
DLC coated components allow molds to run grease-free Hasco is using a new type of coating called DLC (diamond-like coating) on its ejector pins and other components that slide in the mold. This new coating enables the components to operate…
U.S. moldmaking work held “steady” over the summer: survey
Business among members of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) isn’t exactly booming, but work is holding steady, according to the organization’s Summer 2011 Business Forecast Survey.