Husky announces global organization changes; Urquhart retires

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: February 27, 2014 12:12 pm ET
Updated: February 27, 2014 5:25 pm ET

Michael Urquhart

Related to this story

Topics Machinery, Molds/Tooling
Companies & Associations Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd.

Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. has announced an organizational change, creating a combined business unit for medical and specialty packaging, and the retirement of 33-year Husky veteran Michael Urquhart.

Husky said the reorganization comes because the Bolton, Ontario-based manufacturer of injection molding presses, robots and hot runners, bought Schöttli Group, in a deal announced in November. Schöttli makes molds for medical parts, closures and food packaging.

Husky announced the new global business structure Feb. 27.

Steve Lawrynuik, formerly Husky vice president of customer support, will lead this new unit as vice president of medical and packaging systems. The business will bring together Schöttli technology, Husky’s mold-making facilities in Austria and the Czech Republic, aftermarket tooling and services, and the Hylectric injection molding press platform.

Urquhart joined Husky in 1980. He has held a number of executive positions in operations, marketing and sales. He currently is vice president of global sales for packaging systems.

Urquhart retires at the end of February.

Husky President and CEO John Galt said Urquhart played a big role in growing Husky’s packaging business.

“I would like to thank Michael for his dedication and numerous contributions to Husky over these many years,” Galt said. “I wish Michael well in his retirement, while also congratulating Steve on his new role.”

Another longtime Husky executive also has left the company. Jeff MacDonald, the vice president of marketing and a 20-year Husky employee, left last year and has started his own consulting business outside of the plastics industry.

In other news, Husky will exhibit at the 2015 NPE show. Husky exhibited at NPE 2012, but did not exhibit at two major international trade shows held in Germany last year, Drinktec and K 2013. Instead, the company held a “world tour” road show bringing its technology to customers in nine countries.

Husky reserved a booth location at the recent NPE 2015 space draw in Orlando, Fla.


Comments

Husky announces global organization changes; Urquhart retires

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: February 27, 2014 12:12 pm ET
Updated: February 27, 2014 5:25 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

VDMA clarifies Tokyo statement about China

August 21, 2014 2:57 pm ET

Some remarks that VDMA President Reinhold Festge made at a recent press conference in Tokyo turned into sensational headlines in China.    More

Image

Milacron commits $30 million to investment in India

August 20, 2014 5:42 pm ET

MUMBAI (Updated) — Cincinnati-based Milacron LLC plans to invest $30 million over the next three years in India. The investments will double...    More

Image

Report lists China's top 10 plastic mold makers

August 18, 2014 1:35 pm ET

A new market report ranks the top 10 players in China's plastic mold industry, showing strong geographic concentration in the Yangtze River Delta and ...    More

Image

Trade group lists China's top plastics machinery manufacturers

August 15, 2014 9:58 am ET

The China Plastic Machine Industry Association has unveiled its latest rankings of the top 25 plastics machinery suppliers in China as well as...    More

Image

Wittmann Battenfeld adding machining center in Austria

August 15, 2014 9:42 am ET

Austrian injection molding and auxiliary equipment machinery company Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH is already increasing capacity of the new assembly hall ...    More

Market Reports

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events