Mold maker Big 3 Precision Products Inc. sees K 2022 as something of a coming out party.
The U.S. company has added two other mold making operations in the last three years, giving itself a larger global footprint and adding technologies and capacities around the blow molding markets it serves.
"The world's gotten smaller — we like to think we've got a global reach," said Duncan Hardy, global sales manager for the Centralia, Ill.-based firm. "We'll be able to, for the first time, represent all of our businesses in one place."
Jokingly, he added: "We don't know what to expect."
Since 2019, the company acquired Hallink Moulds Inc., a Canadian maker of stretch blow molds, and Associated Toolmakers Ltd., a manufacturer of injection molds in the United Kingdom. It now gives Big 3 capabilities in tool building for injection blow molding, injection stretch blow molding, stretch blow molding and injection molding.
Hardy said the idea is for Big 3 to be able to offer more complete mold building around packaging, from a bottle manufactured with any of the blow molding processing to injection molded components like caps.
"If somebody came from a very global customer like Amcor, we're a one-stop shop," he said. "I think what's important is we now have four different resources. The idea is that eventually each facility will be able to help everybody else out."
Big 3 itself also changed hands right before the last K show, when diversified industrial manufacturer Eastern Co., in Naugatuck, Conn., bought the mold maker in September 2019 for $81.7 million from TVV Capital. The acquisition included both Big 3's mold making unit and a division that makes returnable plastic and metal packaging.