Robert Simpson, president of global plastics machinery for Milacron Inc., has left the Cincinnati-based firm. Effective Dec. 20, Simpson was replaced by Milacron veterans David Bertke and Guy Moilliet.
Bertke was named vice president of machinery technologies for North America. Moilliet was named managing director of machinery technologies for Europe.
A 35-year veteran of Milacron, Bertke most recently served as general manager of the company's global extrusion business.
Moilliet most recently was managing director of Ferromatik Milacron, the company's European injection molding machinery business in Malterdingen, Germany.
Before joining Milacron, he was chief operating officer for Mikron Technologies in Biel, Switzerland, and president of Illinois Tool Works in Hamburg, Germany.
Simpson, a veteran of the injection molding and blow molding fields, has been at Milacron since November 2006. He could not be reached for comment.
In a February interview with Plastics News, Simpson had said he eventually wanted to retire from Milacron.
``That's my sole purpose,'' he said. ``I have a vested stake. My blood's in the game here.''
Before joining Milacron, Simpson held executive positions at Siegel-Robert Automotive in Farmington Hills, Mich., and at Textron Automotive Co.'s Kautex unit.
Milacron makes injection and blow molding machines, extruders and mold components. The firm has lost more than $500 million since 2001 and hasn't turned a profit since 2000. In the first nine months of 2007, Milacron posted a loss of $15.3 million, as sales fell 5 percent to $591.3 million. The loss was less than half of what the firm had lost in the first nine months of the prior year.