Executive Forum 2011

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PN Executive Forum David West

June 15, 2011 6:00 am ET

In this final video in the PN Executive Forum series, David West of Stout Risius Ross Advisors LLC forecasts an environment of increased activity for acquisitions in the plastics industry. West also details positive interest in leverage multiples as the country slowly rebounds from the recession.


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PN Executive Forum Maureen Steinwall

June 8, 2011 6:00 am ET

In this latest installment of Plastics News' Executive Forum, Steinwall President Maureen Steinwall addresses the history of her award-winning injection molding plant, from its traditional beginnings lead by her father, to its ascension under her guidance as its first woman president. Steinwall address the importance of a quality product and...


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Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing's Matt Hlavin

June 1, 2011 6:00 am ET

Overcapacity in molding is a big problem for firms looking to make a profit. Matt Hlavin, CEO of Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing LLC, discussed at PN's recent Executive Forum how he built on the Thogus Products Co. name to form a new firm with quick-innovation capacities that can jump the hurdles of the current plastics marketplace.


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Horizon's Read: connecting the dots

May 25, 2011 6:00 am ET

Price, price, price. That's what Canadian molder Horizon Plastics International has heard in recent years from customers when it comes to new product development, said President Brian Read. In this video from PN's recent Executive Forum, Read leaps off the stage to dramatically illustrate how non-linear, linear thinking is helping meet price...


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NineSigma CEO Andy Zynga

May 18, 2011 6:00 am ET

Open innovation represents a shift from the traditional model, where 100 percent of a company's innovation originates from within, to a more open model where both internal and external ideas are combined to create a more collaborative advantage. Andy Zynga, CEO of Cleveland-based NineSigma Inc., disscussed the process at PN's recent Executiv...


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Eric Schwartzman on social media marketing

May 11, 2011 6:00 am ET

Eric Schwartzman is co-author of "Social Marketing to the Business Customer," the first book devoted exclusively to b-to-b social media communications. At PN's recent Executive Forum, the founder of Schwartzman & Associates Inc. in Topanga, Calif., compared social media marketing levels to U.S. embassies abroad -- some are in more critical l...


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Terry Wohlers on additive manufacturing

May 4, 2011 6:00 am ET

Plastics News' Executive Forum 2011 featured several trend-watching speakers. But Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., a consulting firm he founded nearly 25 years ago in Ft. Collins, Colo., is uniquely positioned to offer advice. His company provides technical and strategic consulting on new developments and trends in rapid...


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Ideo's Tom Kelley on innovation

April 27, 2011 6:00 am ET

Tom Kelley is the general manager of Palo Alto, Calif.-based design and consulting firm Ideo and author of the best-seller The Art of Innovation. As a leading speaker, he addresses scores of business audiences on how to use innovation to transform a business's culture and strategic thinking, including PN's recent Executive Forum. Tom ...


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Scheibel Halaska's Mary Scheibel

April 20, 2011 6:00 am ET

The plastics industry pales in comparison to other industries in its use of marketing communications. That was the message of Mary Scheibel, founder and principal of Scheibel Halaska Inc. in Milwaukee, at PN's recent Executiv Forum. In this video excerpt, Scheibel demonstrates how and why marketing is a good business investment.


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IHS' Chesbrough forecasts auto market

April 13, 2011 6:00 am ET

IHS Automotive's Charles Chesbrough gives macro-sales forecasts for U.S. and China automotive markets at the 2011 PN Executive Forum in Las Vegas. Chesbrough predicts a stabalizing and growing U.S. market, while China will continue to have explosive growth globally. Chesbrough provides scenarios and models into global forecasts.


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