DUSSELDORF, GERMANY — Paulson Training Programs Inc. of Chester, Conn., has hired two former employees of German injection press maker Arburg GmbH + Co. to promote its plastics training products in Europe.
Paulson exhibited at K'98, its first K show ever, by sharing space in the Mold-Masters Ltd. booth in Dusseldorf. Jack Coulter, vice president of sales, walked booth visitors through Paulson's new SimTech CD-ROM package, which simulates injection molding.
Paulson hired Torsten Kruse and Hans Gompf, both of whom have worked at Arburg's U.S. headquarters, Arburg Inc. in Newington, Conn.
Gompf and Kruse, who are both Germans, are contacting European plastics trade associations and universities. They also are translating Paulson materials into German.
Paulson named Kruse technical development manager. He conducts European seminars and classes in SimTech. Students follow along using laptop computers tied into the system.
Coulter said Paulson wants to contact European machinery makers, mold makers, resin suppliers and original equipment manufacturers.
Paulson started out making training videotapes for plastics processing, but now has embraced interactive CD-ROM.
Now, Coulter said, the company is developing materials such as a lab book to tie together theory and more practical programs, such as SimTech. ``We're saying `What you really want to buy is a training system,''' he said.