Plastics industry exhibitors at the Mexport industrial trade show reported signs of business improvement in North America.
Year to date, we are 40 percent to 50 percent ahead in sales and quoting so far in 2010 compared to 2009, said Vincent Turner, senior vice president of sales and marketing with thermoformer Blisterpak Inc. of Commerce, Calif.
We increased to a full second shift from a skeleton crew, Turner said. At this time in 2009, we were barely filling the first shift.
Blisterpak employs 38, occupies 47,000 square feet and counts retail packaging as its biggest end market.
Mexport also saw more anecdotal stories of gradual China-to-U.S. movement in business.
We are seeing a trend to move [processing] work in metals and plastics back to the United States from China, said Jeff Martin, account representative with HK Plastics Engineering Inc. of Oceanside, Calif. We have three jobs in the [relocation] process in the last six months. All are pending.
Martin said customer difficulties with meaningful technical and logistical communications not language related and late-to-market deliveries are important factors driving the initiatives to move work from Asia to domestic sources.
A press order also was reported from the show.
I received a letter of intent today for two 390-ton Toshibas for use in a plant in Mexico, said Bob Pett, area sales manager for the plastic machinery division of Toshiba Machine Co. America of Ontario, Calif.
At Mexport, the Toshiba exhibit promoted the all-electric 110-ton model of the EC-SX injection molding machine with a new V50 Injectvisor process controller. Pett cited features including the absence of grease on the EC-SX tie bars, fast scanning control and clamp-force self-tuning.
[Business] opportunities north of the border and south of the border may be found at Mexport, said Kip Carter, business development manager with custom injection molder Distinctive Plastics Inc. of Vista, Calif.
The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce organized the May 13 trade show in San Diego.
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