The following items were filed by assistant managing editor Bill Henson from the National Design Engineering Show and Conference, held March 18-21 in Chicago.
The Association of Rotational Molders said its membership has grown to 380 companies in 58 countries since the organization was established 20 years ago.
Marilyn Wade, president of Rochester Rotational Molding Inc. of Rochester, Ind., and chairwoman of the group's public relations committee, said the estimated value of the industry in North America is $1.2 billion and growing 15-20 percent a year.
There are 600 rotational molders in North America, according to the Oak Brook, Ill.-based trade association.
Scientific Molding Corp. adding four new presses
A year ago, Scientific Molding Corp. Ltd. was taking up residence in an 80,000-square-foot facility on a 10-acre Somerset, Wis., site, giving the company needed room for 10 new Battenfeld and Engel injection molding machines.
This year, SMC is adding four more Battenfelds, said President Mike Johnson.
He said two 35-ton and two 165-ton machines are to be installed April 15, bringing the company's complement of injection presses to 23.
``We're still growing,'' Johnson said.
SMC, which also earned ISO 9002 certification last year, is expecting sales of about $22.5 million this year, he added.
Besides the 80,000-square-foot plant, the 8-year-old, privately owned company operates a 20,000-square-foot plant in Somerset. It employs 140 and had 1995 sales of $20 million, Johnson said.
Arrem Plastics to install CAD system this month
Arrem Plastics Inc. is installing a Pro/Engineer computer-aided design system. Dale Muhlethaler, president of the Addison, Ill., pressure-forming company, said the system will be in operation by mid-April.
Muhlethaler said Arrem expects to reduce part designing time, from development to final design, by 15-20 percent using the Pro/E process.
Arrem produces custom pressure-formed components for enclosures and lenses and parts for manufacturers of lighting fixtures.
Imi-Tech Crop. relocates headquarters to Texas
Imi-Tech Corp. moved its corporate headquarters March 1 from Elk Grove Village, Ill., to Plano, Texas, according to general manager Robert Tait.
Tait said the relocation is intended to place the company's management closer to the firm's Magnolia, Ark.-based manufacturing plant, and to improve communications.
In a related move, Imi-Tech Research and Development has taken up residence in Galena, Kan.
A producer of polyimide foams, Imi-Tech is a subsidiary of Inspec Group of Southampton, England.
NAM to continue lobbying for liability restructions
For years, the National Association of Manufacturers has sought changes in product liability laws to restrict damage awards.
It will continue those efforts, said NAM President Jerry Jasinowski.
He also addressed the issue of corporate downsizing, saying news coverage and political rhetoric about Americans losing their jobs has been wrong and distorted.
``Thirty million [U.S.] jobs have been created over the past 15 years,'' said Jasinowski. ``That's five times more than all of Europe'' for the same time period.
When asked whether companies' elimination of hundreds of thousands of jobs during the past decade has impaired NAM's grass-roots efforts to foster public and political support for more stringent product liability law, Jasinowski said, ``Absolutely not.''