This week we publish our updated ranking of North American mold makers. Years ago we kept this list to the top 20. Today our ranking includes 146 tooling makers with more than $3 billion in related sales. That's up 5.5 percent over last year's total. The top 100 appear in our print issue, and the rest are available online.
Once we started growing the ranking, it really took off. By 2013, we had 115 firms with related sales of $1.7 billion. Curious about those numbers, I gathered the counts and totals from the last 10 years' worth from the ranking histories. I found a 10-year, 38 percent gain in the average sales per company. To put that in perspective, the same figure for injection molders was 26 percent.
The big news is the continuing trend of the vertical integration in the supply chain. We've covered several acquisitions this year, including Adler Industrial Solutions Inc.'s purchase of R&D/Leverage in September. R&D is ranked at No. 18 with estimated sales of $54 million. Omaha, Neb.-based Adler debuts in our ranking at No. 38 with an estimated $19 million, having already acquired Pinnacle Molds Inc. and Rapid Mold Solutions Inc. The combined listing next year should put them in or near the top 10.
SyBridge Technologies Inc., based in Southfield, Mich., is listed at No. 3 with $184 million in related sales. The listing represents the combination of its continued acquisition activity and most recently that of Calframax Technologies Inc.