Taras Konowal began his career in plastics with U.S. machinery giant Cincinnati Milacron Inc. as a sales engineer based out of Wilmington, Del. He then joined Netstal Machinery USA as a regional sales manager for the Midwest for the Swiss firm, specializing in medical and packaging applications.
In 1996 he joined Bucher Inc., where he was president of German company's U.S. subsidiary, selling injection molding machines for medical, packaging and thermoset molding applications. Konowal subsequently led a management buyout of the Bucher subsidiary and created Apex Plastics Technologies Inc., which he ran until 2007. After Apex Plastic Technologies was sold, he joined Waldorf Technik GmbH & Co. KG to start and run the Waldorf Technik North American subsidiary Waldorf Technik Inc. (www.waldorftechnik.com).
Founded in 1986, Waldorf Technik GmbH is based in Engen, Germany, southwest of Stuttgart, and specializes in producing robotics and automation systems for injection molding. Since 2003 the company has been focusing its activities on medical devices, packaging, plastic cutlery and precision engineering parts.
Konowal has written many articles and presented often at plastics and medical industry conferences on injection molding and automation of the molding process.
He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.