Three very different mold makers who have taken different approaches to confront the growing competitive challenges at home and abroad will share their strategies in a panel session at the Plastics News Executive Forum 2004.
The panel will feature Roger Klouda, president of MSI Mold Builders Inc.; Walter Kuskowski, founder, president and chief executive officer of Wentworth Technologies Co. Ltd.; and Bob Burt, vice president of sales engineering for MGS Manufacturing Group. Burt recently agreed to join the panel in place of MGS Chief Executive Officer Mark Sellers.
Family-owned MSI, founded in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1972, makes molds for injection, structural foam, reaction injection molding, blow molding and gas-assisted injection molding, and specializes in molds for large industrial parts. Though all MSI's production is in the United States, Klouda has traveled extensively and adopted lean-production techniques that he has seen elsewhere.
MGS, based in Germantown, Wis., has taken a broad, full-service approach to its business, expanding into everything from design, equipment manufacture and blow molding to parts assembly and even turnkey factory setup. With total corporate sales in 2002 of about $118 million, the privately held firm is one of North America's largest toolmakers.
Wentworth, of Mississauga, Ontario, is a leading blow mold manufacturer that describes itself as the world's fourth-largest independent mold maker. It also produces injection molds for PET preforms and other packaging products, and does significant plastics processing at five facilities worldwide. The globally oriented firm has 17 mold manufacturing and service centers in six countries. Kuskowski will describe the speed-to-market process that Wentworth uses to compress its mold production and delivery times.
The Executive Forum, scheduled for Feb. 1-4, will feature 30 speakers at the JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort discussing such topics as global competitiveness, growth strategies, resin supply and pricing prospects, management best practices, and key product-design issues.
The Forum costs $1,295.
For more details or to register, visit www.plasticsnews.com/forum2004 online or call (888) 368-7229.