(Regarding “U.S. mold-trade figures contain inconsistencies,” April 8, Page 1):
There is a lot of hype coming out of the mold trade associations about unfair trade. It's important that we get good facts first, before putting forth conclusions. Unfortunately, there is too much emotion in the U.S. mold trade associations. Your piece did a nice job of illustrating the lack of reliable data.
I have been building and now buying molds in the United States for more than 20 years. I've been buying molds in Asia (Singapore, China, Taiwan and Malaysia) for the last seven years.
I now own a consulting business for plastics engineering and tooling. I build a good deal of tooling in China, which I qualify for injection molding production in both China and U.S. manufacturing operations.
Tariffs are not the answer to international competitiveness, never have been, never will be. But that's another subject.
Cedar Park, Texas