Precision Mold Base founder Creber, 81
TEMPE, ARIZ. Robert Creber, former vice president of sales and a partner in Precision Mold Base Corp. in Tempe, died June 5 after a long illness. He was 81.
Precision Mold Base was founded in 1981 in Fullerton, Calif., by three partners that included Creber, Dave Anderson (who died in March 2008) and Bill Horst. Horst remains with the company, as does Creber's son, Mike, who is the company's senior technical sales person.
Precision Mold Base started as a local supplier of mold bases but grew steadily over the years, necessitating continued expansion. PMBC moved to its current facility in Tempe in early 1993.
Creber held various positions in several trade groups including vice president of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. Moldmakers Division and at-large representative on its policy board; chairman of SPI's Western Region Moldmakers Division; and Los Angeles Chapter President of the National Tooling & Machining Association.
He and his wife, Lou, attended industry functions including the annual conventions of the American Mold Builders Association.
Creber announced his retirement Dec. 8, 2006, three days after his 79th birthday, and retired at the end of that year.
He is survived by his wife and son, as well as two stepdaughters.
AEP's J. Iacobucci, 44, dies of cancer
PEACHTREE CITY, GA. John Iacobucci of Peachtree City died June 7 following a 10-year battle with cancer. Iacobucci, 44, was vice president of the Proformance Films Group at AEP Industries Inc. of South Hackensack, N.J., following AEP's acquisition of Atlantis Plastics Films.
According to a news release from AEP Industries, Iacobucci demonstrated leadership skills and extensive knowledge in the industry and played an important role in the acquisition.
Pearson, 77, was UK molding pioneer
LLANGIAN, WALES Gas molding pioneer Terry Pearson, former sales director of Cinpres Gas Injection Ltd., died June 12 from cancer at the age of 77, after more than 50 years in the plastics industry.
Despite his ill health, he had continued to work and travel until recently.
He worked right up to the end and really enjoyed doing it, said his son, Nick Pearson, who had worked alongside his father in the gas molding business since 1994.
An engineering major at Cambridge University in Cambridge, England, Terry Pearson was known as a soft-spoken man with huge determination. He embarked on his 50-year career in the plastics industry when he joined injection molder Rolinx Ltd. in Wythenshawe, England, rising to production director.
In the late 1960s, Pearson set up his own molding company, Pearplas Ltd., which fell victim to a recession in the early 1970s caused by frequent industrial disputes in the mining and energy industries. Pearson later joined Tamworth, England-based Peerless Foam Moulding Co. Ltd., one of the first plastics companies to realize the benefits of gas injection molding, which it developed into the Cinpres technology.
Cinpres launched in 1984 and Pearson played a key part in the worldwide development of gas-assist technology. In 1994 he set up his own gas-assisted molding business, Gas Injection Ltd. He believed there was a demand for equipment rather than licenses, especially in China, said his son. After considerable success, Gas Injection Ltd. was acquired by Cinpres in 2001 and Pearson remained with the merged business until 2005.
In 2007 he formed Gas Injection World Wide Ltd., which had secured worldwide distribution rights for the gas injection molding equipment manufactured by Hong Kong-based Gas Injection HK Co. Ltd., a former Pearson customer.
Pearson had seen a number of molders using mold-temperature cycling to overcome demanding molding problems. The steam-heated systems were effective but unwieldy. In conjunction with Oxford University and the University of Swansea, Pearson developed a simplified hardware solution and the processing know-how to support a commercial system.
Oxford Moulding Technology Ltd. formed in 2007 to manufacture the systems, which are now marketed exclusively by GIWW under the RTC name (Rapid Temperature Cycling).
Nick Pearson will take over as managing director of Oxford Moulding. Sales director Raymond Foad worked with the elder Pearson for many years and said he will be missed by many in the plastics industry. Describing Terry Pearson as a visionary entrepreneur, Foad said that throughout his extensive global travels, Pearson always remained an English gentleman.
Terry never drove a car; he had a 'motor car.' And he never listened to the radio, but to the 'wireless,' Foad said.
In addition to his son, Pearson is survived by his wife, Jean, and two daughters. A funeral was held June 23 in Llangian.